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Threat to coastline

City planners need to incorporate the potential of the western Indian coastline as a tsunami-prone area, when they plan urban habitats in the region, an expert has said. Outgoing Director of the National Institute of Oceanography S.W.A. Naqvi also said that tsunamis were not new to the western Indian coastline, the latest being in 1945, which hit the coast of Gujarat. “I think we need to be careful, that if this is a tsunami-prone area and we have an evidence that it happened around 70 years ago, planners must be careful,” Naqvi said.

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