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Visakhapatnam, December 30, 2004

The district administration has announced red alert in the district following an indications given by the tsunami warning centre from Australia in another 48 hours. The District Collector, Praveen Prakash, the Municipal Commissioner N.Srikanth and North ACP Mahindra Reddy visited the areas affected areas like Jalaripeta, Fishing Harbour, China Waltair and other areas. The news which was telecasted in electronic media of apprehension of striking again caused furore among the people and public living in the apartments nearby Beach Road vacated. Schools and colleges have been declared holiday. Due to this traffic was jammed from one town area to Ramatalkies. The district administration has made all necessary arrangements to face any situation that may arise. The district collector has alerted the Military, Navy and Coast Guard. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister, YS Rajasekhara Reddy had said that an assistance form the Centre for a rehabilitation programme in the tsunami hit coastal districts even as a red alert triggered panic among the people in some of the affected places. A major portion of the assistance of Rs.160 crores would be for building 40,000 houses for fishermen living in the vulnerable areas near the coastline. In addition, the Government would seek Rs.47 crores for the loss of 47,000 fishing nets, Rs.42 crores for repairing roads and Rs.50 crores for protected drinking water supply Rs.12.80 crores for fishing boats and miscellaneous expenditure Rs.5.20 crores.In Nellore, the district administration positioned lorries to shift people besides arranging food and accommodation at school and college buildings. In East Godavari, the alert evoked mixed response.

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Visakhapatnam, December 30, 2004

Indian Airlines has cancelled all flights from and to Mumbai and Hyderabad in view of the Government's decision to utilize the aircraft for evacuating tsunami affected people of Andaman and Nicobar islands according to its Station Manager.

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