Lives lost in tsunami remembered 10 years later (Special Report)

Lives lost in tsunami remembered 10 years later (Special Report)

Written by Staff Writer

26 Dec, 2014 | 2:59 pm

The first tidal wave that was triggered by an underwater earthquake on December 26 at 6.58 a.m. local time, first struck Indonesia. Over several hours later the tidal wave hit the coastal belt of Sri Lanka with a speed of up to 800km/ph.

The country which experienced the extreme tidal wave for the first time, lost 40,000 lives after every passing second.

Meanwhile, the Parelliya area experienced the worst-ever train accident which is remembered as the rail disaster with a highest count of deaths in rail road history. It occurred when a train carrying around 1500 passenger on the Pereliya coastal railway line was hit by the tsunami which followed the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

Meanwhile, the national safety day is marked today.

A number of memorial ceremonies were marked around the country commemorating the lives that fell victim to the Tsunami disaster. A ceremony titled Secure Sri lanka was held at the Ruhunu Magampura International Auditorium in Hambantota on Friday morning.

The ceremony was held under the auspices of Parliamentary speaker Chamal Rajapakse and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. A moment of silence was observed from 9.25 a.m. to 9.27 a.m. in tribute to those who lost their lives in the Tsunami disaster.

Meanwhile,  Savings Account books were presented to 86 children who lost their parents following the landslide that occurred in Meeriayabedde. Meanwhile, another event was organised at the Mohammed Lassaniel Hall in remembrance of the lost lives in the Tsunami disaster.

Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, Opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, Former President Chandrika Bandaranaikee, Parliamentarians Champika Ranawaka and Rajitha Senaratne were in attendance at the event.

The event commenced with religious observances and was held under the auspices of the Assistant Leader of the UNP,  Ravi Karunanayake.

Another commemoration ceremony was organised for the departed in Pereliya, Hikkaduwa. Floral tributes were presented by the loved ones at the ceremony today.

A programme was organised in lieu of the bodies that were unaccounted when brought to the Karapitiya Hospital following the tsunami devastation.

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