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Rajnath Says All Stranded Tourists in Havelock Island Safe

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at Parliament house in New Delhi on Monday during the ongoing winter session. Credit: PTI Photo by Subhav Shukla (PTI11_28_2016_000118B)

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at Parliament house in New Delhi on Monday during the ongoing winter session. Credit: PTI/Subhav Shukla

New Delhi: Home minister Rajnath Singh today said all tourists at Havelock Island in the Andamans, who are stuck due to cyclonic conditions, are safe and efforts are on for their early evacuation.

Singh today called up the lieutenant governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jagdish Mukhi and inquired about the status of the stranded tourists.

Mukhi briefed the home minister about the situation and the steps taken for rescue of the stranded tourists.

“All the tourists in Havelock Island are safe and the government has made all preparation to evacuate them.

Government will launch rescue operations after the intensity of cyclone reduces,” Singh said in a statement.

The home minister said that rescue teams are ready at Port Blair and appealed to family members of the stranded tourists not to panic as all in the Havelock Island are reported to be safe.

Havelock and Neil islands, approximately 40 km from Port Blair, have been hit the most by the cyclonic weather conditions caused by a severe depression over southeast Bay of Bengal which led to heavy rainfall, strong wind and rough sea conditions, officials said.