Navy, IAF teams rescue stranded tourists in Andaman
The Indian Air Force and Indian Navy have swung into action launching a massive HADR (humanitarian aid and disaster relief) mission to rescue the stranded tourists at Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In the last two days, due to heavy rains normal life has been hit in the islands developing a flood-like situation in many parts of Andaman Islands. The worst-affected are Port Blair, Havelock and Neil Islands -- popular tourist attractions. The IAF launched three MI-17 V5 helicopters so far. On Friday alone, 11 sorties from Havelock carrying 230 passengers and three sorties from Neil Island carrying 65 passengers were carried out. A total of 295 tourists have been rescued by IAF so far, including 12 foreigners. The Navy, the first to respond, said a total of 1903 people were evacuated in the combined mission. The Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard ships alone rescued 867 people, while private ships helped 741 people. Navy says the Andaman and Nicobar administration has thanked the defence forces for all the help. Pic Credits: Indian Air Force, Indian Navy
A baby and mother

A baby and mother being rescued by naval rescue team

 Rescued tourists applaud the good work by Navy.jpg

Rescued tourists applaud the good work by Navyd work by Navy

There were many foreigners too

There were many foreigners too who were stuck at the island

 For many tourists it was an agonising wait

 For many tourists it was an agonising wait

 IAF MI-17 V5

 An IAF MI-17 V5 during one of its sorties at the island

 Navy used all its expertise

 Navy used all its expertise during humanitarian aid and disaster relief mission

Navy was among the first to respond to the SOS call

Navy was among the first to respond to the SOS call by Andaman administration

It was a well-coordinated effort by IAF, Navy and ICG

It was a well-coordinated effort by IAF, Navy and ICG

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