Indian Air Force and Navy came to the rescue of 2,376 stranded tourists, including a dozen foreigners, stranded in Havelock and Neil, in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
A fleet of six Navy ships and two Indian Coast Guard ships, along with six IAF helicopters evacuated all tourists, from the two islands. The tourists were evacuated to Port Blair.
The Navy used ships like Bitra, Bangaram, Kumbhir and LCU 38 for evacuation.
Heavy rains and cyclonic weather disrupted the normal life in island with a flood-like situation in north and middle Andamans since December 5 with no mobile or internet connectivity.
Twelve foreigners including two Germans, four Spanish and one Israeli national were among the tourists stranded.
Lt Governor of the Islands Jagdish Mukhi said there was no untoward incident and no loss of life or property due to the weather conditions.
He further said that only tourists have been asked to stay inside their hotels because of the bad weather and the rough sea.
Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured that the Centre will launch the rescue operations immediately after the intensity of the cyclone reduces. The home ministry had also urged the family members of the stranded tourists not to panic.
Neil and Havelock are two of the most popular tourist attractions in Andamans and the only means of transportation from them are vessels and choppers which have stopped operation since December 5 due to bad weather.