Cyclone 'Pabuk': Ferry services to remain suspended at Port Blair due to heavy rains

Tropical storm ‘Pabuk’ in Thailand Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Jan 08, 2019, 08.30 AM (IST) Pooja Mehta

As cyclone ‘Pabuk’ weakened into a deep depression on Monday, the Directorate of Shipping Services informed locals and tourists that vessel services will remain suspended at Port Blair on Tuesday. 

Passenger vessels plying in between Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep and Baratang will remain suspended due to heavy rains caused by the deep depression. 

On the other hand, service of vehicle ferry vessels in the route between Chatham - Bambooflat, Chatham - Dundas Point will also remain suspended on Tuesday. However, harbour ferry services will remain normal subject to the prevailing weather conditions. 

Earlier in the day, two Port Blair flights were delayed due to bad weather. 

Some airlines have even issued advisories that no extra fare will be charged for cancellation of flights due to bad weather. 

Vistara airlines in its advisory said, “Flights landing and departing out of Port Blair in between January 5-8 may get impacted by Cyclone Pabuk. We will waive change and cancel fees for all passengers who request it. Only fare difference, if any, will be applicable for date changes.” 

On the other hand, the Indian Meteorological Department has predicted more rains for Andamans over the next 12 hours. 

“Rainfall at most places with heavy rainfall very likely at isolated places over Andaman Islands during next 12 hours. Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely to prevail over east-central Bay of Bengal, Andaman Islands and adjoining Andaman Sea and southeast Bay of Bengal during next 12 hours. It is likely to become 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph from the morning of January 8th and decrease further thereafter,” said the last weather bulletin on Monday evening. 

The weather bulletin issued by the  Indian Meteorological Department also asked the fishermen not to venture into deep seas as the sea conditions will remain rough. 

“Sea condition is very likely to be rough to very rough over east-central and adjoining south east Bay of Bengal, around Andaman Islands during next 12 hours and will be rough during subsequent 12 hours. Fishermen are advised not to venture into east-central Bay of Bengal, north Andaman Sea and adjoining south-east Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours,” said the bulletin.