All 2,376 tourists, stranded in Havelock and Neil (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) have been rescued by Indian Air Force & Navy, officials said. An official of the Union Territory disaster department said a fleet of seven ships and six helicopters evacuated all tourists, from the two islands.
Heavy rains and cyclonic weather had led to the disruption of normal life in the island with a flood-like situation in north and middle Andamans since December 5 with no mobile or internet connectivity. The tourists were evacuated to Port Blair by the IAF, Navy, Coast Guard and Union Territory administration.
Twelve foreigners including two Germans, four Spanish and one Israeli national were among the tourists stranded. Lt Governor of the Islands Jagdish Mukhi said there was no untoward incident and no loss of life or property due to the weather conditions.
Earlier, evacuations began with five naval ships, two coast guard ships and three Indian Air Force choppers kicking into action. The evacuations happened two days after the administration of Andaman and Nicobar sought the Indian Navy’s help.
Havelock Island is the largest chain of Islands and is a famous tourist destination, and is located 40 km from the capital Port Blair.
(With ANI Inputs)