India has extended a nationwide emergency alert for nuclear accidents as a precautionary measure.
The alert, issued at 11 am (0600 GMT) on Tuesday, is meant to ensure that all people are ready and able to evacuate safely, officials said.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDA), the alert means that emergency alerts are being issued across India.
NDA chief Amitabh Kant said the alert was extended to all districts of India with an emphasis on the cities and the areas affected by nuclear explosions.
In a tweet, Kant said: “Emergency alerts are issued to all states and territories.
Please check for all alerts and follow instructions.
No need to panic.”
In the first of two such alerts, the NDA extended the alert to the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan for at least six months.
Experts say a nuclear accident can be triggered by the release of a large amount of radioactive material, including a small amount of hydrogen cyanide, which can travel for several kilometers before it explodes.
India has suffered at least 16 nuclear accidents since 1991, with the most recent in May this year, when a reactor at the Chudnath power plant exploded.
A total of 17 people have died, including five children and two women, as a result of the accidents.