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NEW DELHI: The Union government on Friday discounted any threat to any part of the country in the aftermath of the tsunami that wreaked havoc in Japan on Friday, and stressed that there was no need for panic.
Minister of State for Earth Sciences Ashwani Kumar said there was no need for concern of any adverse impact of the tsunami as of now, and that the coasts were safe.
The Hyderabad-based Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) was in constant touch with its counterparts in Indonesia and Philippines, and is monitoring the situation. Mr. Kumar said the tsunami would move from the east of Indonesia towards the west before heading northwards.
The situation was being closely watched on a minute-to-minute basis, and no immediate impact has been visualised yet, he said. In case the situation was to change, the government was prepared to take necessary action.
The Minister said that after the 2004 tsunami, the country was well prepared with an action plan for disaster management set up under the Union Home Ministry to initiate steps for relocating and sheltering people.
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