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Depression over South- east Bay of Bengal A&N Administration ensures safety & wellbeing of tourists & Islanders

Port Blair ,

The Andaman and Nicobar Administration is fully geared up and is taking all measures to provide relief to the people of A&N Islands and the tourists present in the Islands, following the incessant and torrential rain, coupled with the depression in South- east Bay of Bengal since last two days. 
At a high level meeting held at Raj Niwas today, the Lt Governor, A&N Islands, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi reviewed the cyclonic situation and relief operations being carried out by different Departments of the Administration. He directed the concerned Departments to ensure timely response and coordinated action so that quick relief reaches to the people. He also directed to take all steps for smooth return of Tourist to their place of origin. 
Cyclonic weather witnessed in the Islands since last evening has unleashed its furry, resulting in uprooting of trees, disruption of power supply and flooding of some of the low lying areas. However, there is no report of any loss of life, from any parts of the Islands so far, due to the depression. The District Administration, A&N Police, Fire Brigade, Electricity Department, Disaster Management and other line departments, with support of all men and machinery are making best efforts in mitigating the situation arising out of the depression. All the Emergency Operation Centres across the A&N Islands are functioning round the clock and are on high alert. The situation is being monitored at highest levels 24x7.
  The Administration has also asked all the tour operators not to take any tourists towards North & Middle Andaman as a precautionary measure, till the weather improves. The Administration is taking full care of the tourists stranded in Neil and Havelock Islands due to present weather conditions. There is sufficient supply of food and essential commodities in these two Islands for the next four to five days. The Administration has also requested the tourists and their families not to panic. The Administration has also made arrangements that these tourists continue to stay in the hotels / guest houses were they had checked-in. Similarly, the Administration is also coordinating with all airlines for the smooth and timely return journey of these tourists to their respective home towns. The tourists have been requested to stay in their rooms till weather conditions improve. They have also being asked to stay away from coastal areas.
   Meanwhile, the A&N Administration has also declared that educational institutions across A&N Islands will remain closed tomorrow (Dec 8) due to the prevailing weather condition.