Katchal : The worst Tsunami affected Island|
After Tsunami the postings of Medical Officers were revised and as per the new list everyone was supposed to be posted at Nicobar group for at least 6 months on rotation. My name indeed showed up in the list and I was supposed to move in Dec 2005 to Teressa Island but I pre-poned the posting because I was curios to see the real picture of the Nicobar Islands after Tsunami. After transfer
rescheduling I was ordered to take the independent charge of Katchal Island, which is now left with very few human souls.
Katchal Island is situated far south from Port Blair. Ship journey is around 30 hrs from Port Blair city and Pawan
Hans helicopter makes it in 1 hr 40 minutes.
I was made aware of the situation at the Island from fellow Medical officers previously posted there. It was learnt that basic life support requirements are compromised : Accommodation, Proper food, Communication, water and worst of all no Hospital. The present hospital was running at a Primary School (Mildera).
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Mid sea Drama
Pawan Hans Helicopter : Reaching Katchal.
From Port Blair to Katchal its a journey of around 1 hr 40 min. The Chopper halts at Car Nicobar Airbase for
The Journey is not that pleasant because this chopper is possibly as old as Myself. (I remember traveling couple of times in the same chopper 16 years back between Port Blair to North Andaman !)
Chopper halted at Car Nicobar Airbase enroute katchal Island
There's a big head obstructing the scene,
don't care that's mine. Sorry for the obstruction
Nancowry Island is the luckiest Island to have survived from Tsunami because of its height and natural
Photo: Dr. Ritesh Mondal , MO/IC Katchal , Nicobar Islands Dated : September 2005 © www.riteshmandal.com
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