Andaman withdraws tsunami alert, islanders still in panic

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Port Blair, Sept 12 (UNI) Andaman and Nicobar Islands have withdrawn tsunami alert at 2145 hrs today, bringing things back to normalcy but in some remote islands people are still in panic.

Situation became tensed after tsunami alert was issued by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration at 1755 hrs, following a mega quake in Indonesia.

"We have withdrawn the tsunami alert," K S Singh the Chief of Disaster Management Committee of Andaman and Nicobar Islands said here today.

Meanwhile, some people in coastal area of Southern Group of Islands who had moved for hilly areas following tsunami alert are still reluctant to return back.

"Why should we take chance, it's better to stay away from coastal area tonight," Elsie a villager of Car Nicobar told UNI today.

The Andaman and Nicobar Administration is maintaining a close watch.

A mega tsunami on the boxing day of 2004 had killed nearly 3,800 people and made other 42,000 homeless.

UNI

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