3.9-metre high waves witnessed in Andaman Nicobar islands

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Andaman Nicobar Islands, Apr 11: According to reports, after the aftershocks hit Indonesia measuring 8.2 in the richter scale, eyewitnesses have reported 3.9-metre waves at Andaman. Following the aftershocks, tremors were felt in the coastal regions in India including Chennai, Kolkata and Orissa. Besides, Chennai and Kolkata, six districts in Orissa were put on high alert. There is a tsunami alert in place in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. 

According to a statement by RK Singh, the Home Secretary, there was no reason for panic and that the government has taken all precautions in the wake of such a massive natural calamity. Singh after speaking to Chief Secretaries of Odisha and Tamil Nadu, Singh said that as of now there is no signs of tsunami.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed and kept on standby as a precautionary measure. A spokesperson for NDRF has been quoted as saying, "Six teams have moved to Chennai. In addition, six more teams have moved to Hindon airport. Airlift will be organised by the Air Force in case these teams need to be flown."

Prabhakar Rao, the official in charge of the disaster control room at Port Blair has been quoted as saying to agencies, "There could be high waves of 1.5 metres at Port Blair and 3.9 metres at Campbell Bay."

S.B.S. Tyagi, south Andaman region police superintendent also stated, "We have evacuated people from low lying areas of Campbell Bay islands and we have also alerted them as there is a report that high waves may hit Indira Point area." 

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