Update: The administration has already declared the cyclonic weather as ‘L1 Disaster’.The Navy has pressed in three ships to evacuate the tourists after the island’s civil administration telephonically requested the Centre for immediate help. Indian Navy ships INS Bitra, INS Bangaram, INS Kumbhir and LCU 38 sailed to Andaman to take part in the rescue operation. The evacuated tourists will be ferried to Port Blair.
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday assured that the government will launch the rescue operations immediately after the intensity of the cyclone reduces and evacuate the tourists stuck in Andaman’s Havelock island.
“Spoke to Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dr. Jagdish Mukhi who apprised me of the situation in Havelock Islands. All the tourists who are stranded in Havelock Island are safe. The government has made all the preparations to evacuate them,” Singh tweeted. Singh also appealed to the family members of the stranded tourists not to panic.
“The government will launch the rescue operations immediately after the intensity of the cyclone reduces. The teams are ready in Port Blair. I appeal to the family members of stranded tourists that they should not panic as everyone in the Havelock Islands are reported to be safe,” he added.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Wednesday confirmed that 1,400 tourists are stuck on Havelock Island and added that the administration has asked them to stay indoors till the weather gets normal.
Flight operators have slashed off additional charges in case of re-scheduling of flights to and from Andaman.
The Indian Navy on Wednesday informed about their ships reaching Havelock Island and the evacuation of tourists from there to Port Blair to start as soon as the weather gets normal.
Tourists were stranded at Havelock Island after heavy rains lashed the region.
The Andaman and Nicobar Disaster Management, which speculated cyclonic storm to hit the area, contacted Indian Navy and requested for an evacuation process be initiated. Havelock Island is the largest chain of Islands and is a famous tourist destination.
Meanwhile around 600 tourists from West Bengal are stranded. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged the Centre to Take quick actions.