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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Nation remembers those perished in the tsunami disaster

[b]Nation remembers those perished in the tsunami disaster[/b]

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 27 December, ( Sri Lankan nation remembers and pays respect to those who perished in the tsunami disaster on the 26th of December last year. The entire country observed a silence for two minutes at 9.30 to 9.32 am, as a gesture of remembrance of all those deceased in the natural calamity.

Pealing of the bells of all religious places at the same time at 9.29 am were heard continuously for 3 minutes all over the island.

Nearly 35,322 Sri Lankan people were victims to Tsunami and over 21 thousand sustained injuries due to the salt water tidal waves upheaval. One million people were displaced and nearly one hundred thousand houses were either damaged or completely destroyed. A number of religious observances island-wide are in the agenda till the 31st of this month beginning from Monday, in remembrance of the deceased by the Tsunami catastrophe.

Meanwhile, the government made an appeal to light a candle or lamp in every house at 7.00 PM on Monday, in remembrance of the Tsunami victims.

Commemorating last year’s devastation, Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse said that cannot be any other challenge that could in anyway overcome by a nation that has awakened and tormented by this tidal fury.

This was proven in the weeks immediately after the December 26th Tsunami disaster a year ago. The President said the joint effort made by the citizens of the country to recover from the disaster, caused amazement for the rest of the countries in the globe. He made this comment at the national ceremony for the first year commemoration of the Tsunami devastation held at the Jinarathana College premises in Peraliya, Hikkaduwa Monday morning.

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