I always wanted to experience an earthquake but when I was awoken by what seemed to be someone tugging at my hammock that Sunday, it has been a living nightmare.
Maybe it is my present drab mood, however I feel that this has brought out the worst in people.
- Misinformation from authorities and the media
- The panic
- Terrible communications facilities
- Mismanagement (the Indian bureaucracy!)
- The looting
- Increased amount of crocodiles, snakes and mosquitos
- The water/petrol/electricity/alcohol shortages
- The extortionate prices at times for travel and water
Where I was on Havelock at the time, no one died. So it is difficult to contemplate about the thousands who have lost their lives.
I was supposed to fly to Bangkok on the 8/1/2005. As that flight is cancelled I will go back to Chennai on the 17/1/2005 by 3-day boat from Port Blair. I will travel around the south-west of India for a couple of weeks in order to waste winter time and meet a friend in Laos in February.
If I could stay longer on the Andaman I would. Fantastic Jungle resort food, Amazing Beach no.7 and the snorkelling on Elephant beach on Havelock is incredible. I hope the authorities allow tourists again as many local people depend on it. I hope potential tourists know that the North Andaman, especially the touristy locations such as Neil Island and Havelock are safe and well worth visiting.