According to a defence official, as many as three choppers of the Indian Air force have reached.
With nearly 1,400 tourists left stranded in two islands of Andamans because of cyclonic weather, the rescue operations have started this morning with Coast Guard, navy and Union Territory administration undertook the evacuation drive jointly.
According to a defence official, as many as three choppers of the Indian Air force have reached Havelock island, as the weather improved and brought 17 people in the first shuttle, a PTI report has said. He further said that six naval ships, of which two were from Coast Guard sailed out in the morning from Port Blair for the rescue operations.
Rescue operation started at a full swing today as the weather improved with the sun shining, almost four days after the cyclonic weather led to thousands being stranded in two islands of Havelock and Neil. Tourists are all safe and the administration is taking care of their needs. Havelock and Neil islands are the most popular tourist attractions of Andamans, and the worst affected.
Tourists stranded in Andaman due to bad weather: Indian Coast Guard rescue operation underway (Pic: ICG) pic.twitter.com/8fCDWiHzs9
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Deputy Commissioner of South Andamans Udit Prakash Rai had said yesterday that a decision was taken that hotels, where tourists remain stranded, won’t take room rent and also provide them with food and water for free.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had yesterday said while tourists are safe, efforts are on for their early evacuation. Urging families not to panic, the minister said rescue teams have already reached Port Blair and would start the evacuation process as soon as the intensity of the cyclone reduces.