Tourists stranded in Andamans Havelock Island evacuated

Hundreds of people were stuck at popular tourist destination in Andaman after torrential rains hit the region.

Tourists stranded in Andamans Havelock Island evacuated

All 2,376 tourists, including foreign nationals, who were stranded in Andaman’s Havelock due to cyclonic weather since December 5 have been evacuated from the islands, officials said on Friday.

“Altogether 2,376 tourists were evacuated from the two islands and brought to Port Blair. All are safe and are taken care of,” an official of the UT disaster department said. Seven ships and six helicopters were used by the Indian Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and administration of the union territory to bring the tourists to to Port Blair in a joint evacuation mission.


“Altogether 2,376 tourists were evacuated from the two [Havelock and Neil] islands and brought to Port Blair,” an official of the Andaman disaster department said. “All are safe and are taken care of.”  Hundreds of people were stuck at popular tourist destination in Andaman after torrential rains hit the region.

On Thursday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had assured that the government will launch the rescue operations immediately after the intensity of the cyclone reduces and evacu ate the tourists stuck in Andaman's Havelock island.