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Andhra Pradesh reported 52 deaths -- Home Minister Shivraj Patil put the figure at somewhere close to 200 -- mostly in Guntur, Prakasam and Krishna districts. The state government announced a relief of Rs 100,000 each to the next of kin of dead.

The waves also hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, whose Car Nicobar Islands are just 115 nautical miles from Sumatra. Twenty people -- including 10 at the Indian Air Force base -- died.

Campbell Bay, just about 25 nautical miles off the Indonesian coast, suffered extensive damage.

The fate of 45,000 people in an area between Car Nicobar Island and Greater Nicobar Island remained unknown.

Communication links were completely snapped in the islands.

Aerial view of the scene at Marina Beach.

Also read: 500 tourists stranded in Kanyakumari

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