Heavy rainfall on Havelock Island, which is in the Andaman Islands, following a deep depression over Bay of Bengal has left 800 tourists stranded. The Indian Navy swung into action after it received an SOS and it has launched a major rescue operation. A statement from the Indian Navy stated, “Civil administration requested the Indian Navy to assist them in evacuating 800 tourists stranded due to torrential rains and rough sea”.
Indian Navy has dispatched 4 ships for evacuation. Four Indian Navy ships – INS Bitra, Bangaram, Kumbhir and LCU 38 have been deployed at the Havelock Island to undertake evacuation of the tourists stuck on the island.
The rough weather has left people stuck helpless with no mobile phone or internet connectivity in several areas. Many tourists have been stranded with no flights and ships. As per the reports, heavy swell in the sea due to the massive deluge and winds made the rescue operation difficult. Though according to India Today, all the ships departed from Port Blair around 3:15 am onwards, will go alongside to ferry tourists back to Port Blair, considering the safety of people as the highest priority.
More than 800 tourists are stranded in Havelock Island; we are ready for evacuation, waiting for weather to clear: DK Sharma (Navy PRO) pic.twitter.com/mM8sRQKAaA
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This deep depression will turn into a cyclonic storm over the next 48 hours over Andaman Nicobar as mentioned by the Met office. Meanwhile, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the deep sea following the rough weather. Further the ferry services from Port Blair to Havelock Island and Neil Island have been stalled till the weather improves.