The Indian Navy has deployed four ships to evacuate as many as 800 tourists stranded at Andaman and Nicobar’s Havelock Island due to torrential rains.
“Civil administration requested the Indian Navy to assist them in evacuating 800 tourists stranded due to torrential rains and rough sea,” said a statement from the Indian Navy.
Four Indian Navy ships – INS Bitra, Bangaram, Kumbhir and LCU 38 have been deployed at the Havelock Island to undertake evacuation of the stranded tourists.
Many tourists have been stranded with no flights and ships due to rough weather. In several areas, there is no mobile phone or internet connectivity.
Some tourists even sought help from the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter. One such stranded tourists wrote, “@PMOIndia Sir! We are stuck in Havelock Island due to cyclone effect from last 2 days. Please help us to reach Port Blair.”
A deep depression over Bay of Bengal is bringing heavy rains to the Havelock Island since the last two days. According to the Met office, this deep depression will turn into a cyclonic storm over the next 48 hours over Andaman Nicobar.
Meanwhile, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the deep sea following the rough weather.
On the other hand, ferry services Port Blair to Havelock Island and Neil Island have been stalled till the weather improves.