10th anniversary of Tsunami disaster observed across TN

10th anniversary of Tsunami disaster observed across TN

Floral tributes and processions across Tamil Nadu today marked the 10th anniversary of the Tsunami that struck the state claiming about 7,000 lives and leaving a trail of destruction.

Memorial services were held at Chennai and Nagapattinam which were the worst hit by huge waves after an undersea earthquake in Sumitra Islands off Indonesia claimed several lives and rendered many homeless.

Commemorating the anniversary, fishermen associations had arranged for prayers and memorial services with relatives of victims pouring milk in the sea at the famous Marina Beach in Chennai as a mark of respect to the departed souls.

A similar programme was held at Idinthakarai with people attending a morning mass and later pouring milk in the sea to remember their relatives.

In the coastal areas of Nagapattinam district, people observed a minute's silence to pay homage to the 2004 tsunami victims.

In all the 72 tsunami-hit hamlets, people were seen paying homage to the departed souls and many were seen sobbing.

Banners and hoardings containing photos of the victims were erected at many places.
Floral tributes were paid at the tsunami memorial park while at Velankanni, a special mass was conducted at the Shrine Basillica in memory of the victims.

A silent procession was also taken out. All the shops at Velankanni remained closed as a mark of respect to the victims.

Fishermen in the district also did not venture into the sea today. Hundreds of fishermen from 12 villages ravaged by the tsunami at Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry took out silent processions and placed wreaths and lit candles at the memorial sites.

In fishing hamlets such as Pattinacherry, Karaikalmedu and Kottucherrymedu, people hoisted black flags in memory of the departed souls.

Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi? Who will win the battle royale of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019


Get real-time news updates, views and analysis on Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on Deccanherald.com/news/lok-sabha-elections-2019 


Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram with #DHPoliticalTheatre for live updates on the Indian general elections 2019.

Liked the story?

  • 0

    Happy
  • 0

    Amused
  • 0

    Sad
  • 0

    Frustrated
  • 0

    Angry