Prayers meetings and a two-minute nation-wide silence marked the sixth anniversary of the devastating Boxing Day tsunami that killed thousands and rendered many more homeless in Sri Lanka.
The killer wave, which originated off the Indonesian coast, first struck the east coast of Sri Lanka at around 9-25 a.m. on December 26, in 2004. Before the waves receded, more than 35000 people were swept away. Another 500000 lost their homes and livelihood. An estimated 100000 houses were destroyed in the disaster that even flooded parts of Colombo on the west coast.
Earlier this week, the government declared December 26 as the National Safety Day to promote a culture of preparedness among the communities for disasters and to commemorate the people who lost their lives due to all natural disasters. On Sunday, the main event to mark the National Safety Day was held in the Weerasingham Hall in Jaffna which was attended by Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratna.