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Tsunami warning withdrawn

By Our Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM, DEC. 30. After keeping officials on their toes and the people in a State of tension and anxiety, the warning about a possible earthquake which might generate tsunami was withdrawn late on Thursday evening.

``The warning was withdrawn around 8.30 p.m.,'' the Collector, Praveen Prakash, said. The intimation of withdrawal of warning was put on the web site of the National Disaster Management Cell, Mr. Praveen Prakash told The Hindu .

The district administration and police acted with speed as soon as they received the red alert warning from the Union Home Ministry in the morning and taken all steps.

Earlier, the red alert sounded on Thursday morning caused some panic among the people as they had seen through media the amount of destruction the tsunami could bring in.

People in the high-rise buildings in several places rushed to the open spaces in their complexes as soon as the television channels started running scrolls about the quake and the alert.

The alert was received by the Commissioner of Police, B. Prasada Rao, midway through a press conference he was addressing.

The Collector, Praveen Prakash, along with Mr. Prasada Rao, the Municipal Commissioner, N. Srikanth, and other officials rushed to the city's beaches and the Fishing Harbour to monitor the situation.

The district administration has urged fishermen not to venture into the sea since there was a danger of high tidal waves.

The Collector announced that a helpline No. 1916 has been set up in the control room at the collectorate.

At the Fishing Harbour, Mr. Praveen Prakash discussed the situation with the operators of the mechanised fishing boat operators.

Later, he along with Mr. Prasada Rao and Mr. Srikanth went up to Bheemunipatnam to ensure that all the precautions were taken.

As soon as the alert was sounded policemen were deployed on the Beach Road and visitors were not allowed to enter the sands or water.

Like on Sunday and Monday large crowds of people gathered on the Beach Road to look at the sea which however appeared calm.

Holiday was declared for educational institutions, banks and offices and several students were seen on Beach Road.

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