Indian Navy deploys ships to evacuate 800 stranded tourists

Many tourists have been stranded with no flights and ships due to rough weather. In several areas, there is no mobile or internet connectivity. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph:( Others )

WION Kolkata, West Bengal, India Dec 07, 2016, 04.36 AM (IST) Pooja Mehta

The Indian Navy has deployed four ships to evacuate as many as 800 tourists stranded at Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands due to torrential rains. 

"Civil administration requested the Indian Navy to assist them in evacuating 800 tourists stranded due to torrential rains and rough sea," a statement from the Indian Navy said . 

Four Indian Navy ships -- INS Bitra, Bangaram, Kumbhir and LCU 38 -- have been deployed at the Havelock Island to undertake the evacuation of stranded tourists. 

Many tourists have been stranded with no flights and ships due to rough weather. In several areas, there is no mobile phone or internet connectivity. 

Some tourists even sought help from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter. One such stranded tourist wrote, "@PMOIndia Sir! We are stuck in Havelock Island due to cyclone effect from last 2 days. Please help us to reach Port Blair."

A deep depression over the Bay of Bengal is bringing heavy rains to the Havelock Island since the last two days. According to the Met office, this deep depression will turn into a cyclonic storm over the next 48 hours. 

Meanwhile, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the deep sea following the rough weather. 

Additionally, ferry services from Port Blair to Havelock Island and Neil Island have been stalled till the weather improves. 

(WION)