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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

India To Set Up Tsunami Warning System

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India, hit hard by Asia's tsunami last year, will have a warning system ready by September 2007 to protect its eastern and western coasts from killer waves, officials said on Monday.

Over 9,200 people died in India and more than 3,000 are missing after the Dec. 26 tsunami slammed into India's coast and washed over its remote Andaman and Nicobar islands, triggered by a powerful undersea earthquake off Indonesia.

This project will cost the Indian nation almost $29 million to set up which will be well worth it since the tsunami caused $2.3 billion in damage. India however is refusing outside help with other nations in building this project, but has offered to share information once it is completed.

Officials said the new warning system could be linked to a center to collect information from buoys, tidal gauges and sensors and for issuing warnings.

The government also plans to introduce a bill in parliament on Tuesday to set up a National Disaster Management Authority to deal with tsunami and other natural and manmade disasters.

India is also planning to use the "Short Messaging System" through mobile phones in order to warn people on some of the islands in it's region. Although India seems determined to forge this technology on it's own, this is a clear sign that the nation is assuming responsibility for it's domain as well as for it's people's safety. India seems confident that this technology can be built by 2007, and if accomplished will be a major achievement for a third world country with over a billion citizens.

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Wonder if it will even be completed. You know, it is India and all...

By Anonymous V. Ko, at 10:00 PM EDT  

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