Andaman and Nicobar's Havelock Island was struck by heavy rainfall and stormy winds late on 6 December, leaving more than 800 tourists stranded with almost no network connectivity. The Indian Navy has been pushed into rescue action, to evacuate the stranded tourists.
Continuous heavy rainfall in the area is, however, hampering the evacuation procedure, reports suggest.
Indian Navy ships Bitra, Bangaram, Kumbhir and LCU 38 were deployed into action from Port Blair after the civil administration at Havelock telephonically requested assistance in the evacuation procedure.
According to the Indian Navy, the ships departed from Port Blair at around 3:15 am, and are expected to ferry the tourists back to Andaman's capital Port Blair, which is equipped with an airport and also has better connectivity compared to the other islands.
Andaman and Nicobar is a Tri Command as the Army, Navy and Air Force has a station base in place.