Andaman Sea


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Andaman Sea

part of the Bay of Bengal, between the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Malay Peninsula

Andaman Sea

 

semi-inland sea of the Indian Ocean, between the Indochina and Malacca peninsulas on the east, the island of Sumatra on the south, and the Andaman and Nicobar islands on the west. The area of the sea is about 600,000 sq km, its mean depth is 1,096 m, its greatest depth is 4,198 m, and its volume of water is 660,000 cu km. The bottom is pebble, gravel, and sand. The climate is tropical, humid, and monsoonal. The air temperature in February is 26°C; in August, 27°C. Annual precipitation is more than 3,000 mm. The current in winter flows to the southwest and west; in the summer, to the east and southeast. The mean water temperature in February is between 26°C and 28°C; in May, about 29°C. Salinity is 31.5–32.5 parts per thousand in summer, 30.0–33.0 parts per thousand in winter; in northern sections it declines to 20–25 parts per thousand as a result of river inflow. Tides are semidiurnal, up to 7.2 m. At depths of more than 1,600 m, the temperature remains unchanged down to the bottom (4.8°C). Fauna includes the Irawaddy dolphin, dugong, flying fish, southern herring, reef fish, sailfish, and others. The main ports are Rangoon (Burma) and Penang (Georgetown, Malaysia).

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The army officials said that they lost communication with the flight Wednesday, shortly after the flight was half an hour into the regular short trip while flying at 5,485 meters over the Andaman Sea, about 70 kilometers west of the town of Dawei.
The tensions in Rakhine state have contributed to a growing exodus of ethnic Rohingya who have been risking their lives by crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea for nearby states.
YANGON, Sha'ban 14, 1436, June 01, 2015, SPA -- More than 700 migrants found packed aboard an overcrowded boat in the Andaman Sea were still being held offshore by Myanmar's navy on Monday, more than three days after the converted fishing vessel was intercepted off the country's coast.
refugee agency is estimating that over 3,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants - or even more - could still be adrift in the Andaman Sea.
The latest group brought to shore adds to the over 2,000 who have managed to land in Indonesia and Malaysia after weeks of drifting in the Andaman Sea with little food or water.
London, May 18 -- Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has called on the British government to press for EU Foreign Ministers meeting today to discuss the case of Rohingya refugees who are currently stranded in the Andaman Sea.
Jeddah, May 17 (BNA): The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been monitoring the situation facing thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees, asylum-seekers and economic migrants stranded on boats in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca.
Smugglers abandoned boats crammed with hungry and thirsty migrants in the Andaman Sea after a Thai crackdown on human trafficking.
The United Nations has called on countries around the Andaman Sea not to push back the thousands of desperate Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar now stranded in rickety boats, and to rescue them instead.
It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma.
The 230-room new build Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort will feature private villas and guests rooms on a gentle hill, offering elevated stunning views of the balmy Andaman Sea. Upon completion, the hotel will boast 3,444 square feet of meeting and function space suitable for intimate weddings and conferences.
The property is the sole resident of a privately owned 390-acre rainforest island that commands a magnificent view of the Senari Straits bordering the Andaman Sea with a pristine and secluded beach.