Over 2000 tourists rescued from Havelock and Neil Islands
Dec 10, 2016 02:45 PM
Heavy to very heavy rains had been wreaking havoc over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the last few days. These weather conditions are attributed to the severe cyclone Vardah which has been brewing in the southeast Bay of Bengal for quite some time.
There were quite a few hundreds of tourists stranded in both the Havelock and Neil Islands for the past two days. However, they were not able to be rescued due to heavy rains and rough sea conditions.
The authorities had taken the help of both the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Forces. Several ships had reached the islands but were unable to dock due to bad weather. However, now weather conditions have improved and at least 2168 tourists have been rescued from both the Havelock and the Neil Islands and currently no one is stranded.
The rescue operation was carried out on Friday morning using six Indian Navy ships, three Coast Guard vessels, along with three Indian Air Force MI-17 V5 choppers braving severe weather conditions. Now, weather conditions have drastically improved and rainfall intensity has also reduced.
Cyclone Vardah: 150 tourists rescued as weather conditions improves marginally
Dec 9, 2016 2:30 PM
With Cyclone Vardah moving away in northwest direction, weather conditions over Andaman and Nicobar Islands have started improving gradually. However, sea conditions continued to be rough. With this, Navy and Air Force have stepped up the rescue operations. Till now, 150 people have been rescued. Around 1400 tourists were stranded at Havelock and Neil Islands in wake of inclement weather conditions for the last three days. Rough sea conditions and incessant heavy rains had been failing the rescue attempts made by the state forces. At present, Cyclone Vardah is presently around 250 km west-northwest of Port Blair. The system is now moving closer to Andhra Pradesh coast. With this, rains will now reduce over Andaman and Nicobar Islands, while light rains will commence over Coastal Andhra Pradesh. Squally winds are still blowing over the regions and fishermen, locals and tourists are advised to stay away from the coastline.
Port Blair receives 212 mm of rains, rescue operations halted
Dec 8, 2016 11:00 AM
Port Blair receives 76 mm in six hours, 1400 tourists stranded in Havelock
Dec 07, 2016 04:20 PM
Andaman rains have been wreaking havoc over the region for the past two days. In fact, the last 24 hours have been all the worse. So much so that hundreds of residents are stranded at the Havelock Islands. At present at least 1400 tourists remain stranded on the Islands. The Governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has asked the tourists to stay indoors until the rescue team can go and evacuate them. At present, the weather conditions are inclement and the sea is rough which is why the sea has not been able to dock because of high sea waves. Heavy rains continue to lash the region with Port Blair receiving heavy to very heavy rains during the last six hours. So much so that the city has recorded 76 mm of rainfall between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm today. Now, rescue operation will only commence when the weather improves. As per weathermen, Andaman and Nicobar islands will continue to receive heavy rains during the next 24 hours as well.
Rough sea conditions hamper rescue operations in Havelock, Andaman
Dec 07, 2016 11:40 AM
Heavy rains continue to lash the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. While some areas have recorded very heavy rains, isolated pockets have also witnessed extremely heavy rainy spells during the last 24 hours. In a span of 24 hours from 8:30 am on Tuesday, Hut Bay recorded a whopping 166 mm of rainfall followed by 121 mm of rain in Port Blair. Other areas to receive heavy rains include Mayabunder 88 mm, and Long Island 37 mm. Heavy rains are still occurring over many parts of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. So much so that sea conditions continue to be rough. In fact, bad weather has also hampered the ongoing rescue operations. At least 800 tourists remain stranded on Havelock Island and as per the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), sea remains rough and four navy ships have reached Havelock.
However, they are unable to dock due to high sea waves and inclement weather. The stranded tourists will only be evacuated once the sea calms down.
Heavy rains have been wreaking havoc over the residents of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. So much so that one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country has been asking for help. At least 800 tourists are stuck on the Havelock Islands.
The Indian Navy has now come to the rescue of these stranded tourists and evacuation process is underway at present. The Indian Navy has deployed its ships including INS Bitra, Kumbhir, Bangaram and LCU 38. All these ships will be aiding in rescuing stranded tourists.
There are no ships or flights currently operational from the area due to rough sea and bad weather conditions which is why tourists are stuck in the island. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been receiving heavy to very heavy rains during the past two to three days.
These rains can be attributed to the depression in the Bay of Bengal which is currently 260 km WNW of Car Nicobar Islands and 310 km SSW of Port Blair. The system is expected to intensify into a deep depression shortly and will also further concentrate into cyclonic storm Vardah.
Fishermen have been advised to avoid venturing into deep sea as sea conditions and the weather will continue to remain rough. Not only this, ferry services from Port Blair to Havelock Island and Neil Island have been halted until there is an improvement in the weather conditions.
As per weathermen at Skymet, more rains are likely over the Andaman Nicobar Islands of moderate to heavy intensity. Not only this, a few very heavy spells are likely during the next 24 hours.
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