Havelock Island: Armed forces kick into action to rescue stranded tourists

The Indian Navy, Air Force and the Indian Coast Guard along with state administration have begun rescue and evacuation operations.

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The Indian Armed Forces have stepped up rescue operations for the stranded tourists on Havelock Islands in Andaman as a cyclonic storm approaches.

The Indian Navy, Air Force and the Indian Coast Guard along with state administration have begun rescue and evacuation operations.

Havelock rescue

Six ships of the Indian Navy and two coast guard ships sailed out from Port Blair at 9.30 am on Friday. Three IAF helicopters have been pressed into action for evacuation purposes as well. Over 1,000 tourists, of whom 320 are foreign nationals, have been stranded owing to bad weather in and around Havelock Island.

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All air and sea transport to the island was ceased on Monday due to bad weather. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued warnings of cyclonic storm to the Andaman Islands.

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