As many as 800 tourists visiting the Andaman and Nicobar islands remained trapped at Havelock island on Wednesday as a cyclonic depression hit the area. The tourists, who were visiting Havelock, were unable to return to Port Blair.
At around 3.15 am Wednesday morning, the civil administration at Port Blair asked the Indian navy to intervene and evacuate the tourists. While the tourists are in no immediate danger, Havelock is at present isolated from the other islands. Port Blair resident Kaushik Bhattacharya said there have been incessant rains in the islands for the past two days.
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“We are hearing that this is likely to continue for the next two days,” said Chakraborty.
Officials in the Indian Navy said ships Bitra, Bangaram, Kumbhir and LCU 38 were deployed on Wednesday morning to bring tourists back to Port Blair. But by late Wednesday evening, the ships which had docked at Port Blair were unable to leave for Havelock due to “choppy waters”. The ships are carrying adequate food, fresh water, medicines, doctors, divers and A&N administration personnel to provide relief, according to a Navy statement.
“The problem is that the system is virtually static and not moving, because of which bad weather and rough sea continues to be localised.
“Had the system moved away, it would have carried the bad weather along with it, away from Havelock,’’said a Navy official.