Heavy rainfall in a small island in Andman called as Havelock made 800 tourists stranded on the island following a deep depression in Bay of Bengal. 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”.
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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Immediately after this SOS Navy deployed four of its ships for the evacuation process which are: INS Bitra, Bangaram, Kumbhir and LCU 38 have been deployed at the Havelock Island.
The rough weather has resulted in no connectivity in that region. 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.
This deep depression will result in a cyclonic storm in the next 48 hours as reported bt 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.