Torrential rain strands 1,000 tourists on Indian island


New Delhi/ AFP

Torrential rain and rough seas have stranded around 1,000 tourists on one of India’s tropical islands off its east coast, officials said Wednesday.
Officials from the local Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration said they have asked the Indian navy to help rescue tourists from Havelock, one of the smaller islands most popular with visitors.
“Around 1,000 tourists who had gone to Havelock island have been stuck there since Monday because of heavy rains,” T.K.S Ajayan, deputy director at the local disaster management department, told AFP by phone.
The archipelago is one of India’s premier domestic tourist destinations thanks to its pristine beaches, marine life and lush-green forests. Ferry services between islands are currently suspended.
“The boats (between Havelock and the main island) haven’t operated yesterday or today because of bad weather, which is why we have sought the Navy’s help. We know all of them are safe,” said Ajayan.

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