Many tourists, some of them from Bengal are stranded at Havelock Island due to incessant rainfall there. The Indian Navy has started rescue operations in order to reach those tourists who had gone for a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. According to a state government source, out of 1,400 people, more than 100 people from Bengal were stranded there.
“Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is monitoring the situation,” said state tourism minister Goutam Deb. However, state senior state government officer said that the Indian Navy is giving their best effort to reach there. But they are getting delayed due to the unsafe weather.
The Indian Navy said that they were requested by the administration to evacuate the Havelock Island where many tourists are stranded. Four warships have gone towards the island with food and other rescue materials. However, the weather scientists at RMC Kolkata said that the deep depression will stay 24-48 hours over Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The heavy rainfall at Andaman and Nicobar Islands will also delay winter in the Kolkata, Regional meteorological centre (RMC) Kolkata predicted. The islands are now facing torrential rain due to a deep depression, which may soon transform into a cyclone. The weather scientists, however, found that northerly wind is stuck due to the deep depression, which led to an increase in temperature in Kolkata on Thursday and Friday.
Meanwhile, the city woke up to a chilly morning on Wednesday. “This is not December winter. We expect more chill in the air,” said Madhumita Bhattacharya, a city resident.
Though it wasn’t really cold enough to bring out the woollens, it was indeed a precursor to the cooler spells that lie ahead, said the MeT office. While the mercury could rise again, the next nippy period was round the corner that could usher in winter in Kolkata.
The chill in the morning, however, did not last long. With the sun breaking through the early-morning mist, the mercury reached a maximum of 27.8 degrees Celsius. But it did not bring winter cheers to citizens, as the record says Kolkata has had only mild winters in recent years.