Chennai, Dec 26( BPNS)
The people of Tamil Nadu in large numbers paid tributes to those who died in the 2004 Tsunami on the 18th anniversary of the tragedy. People living in the coastal areas of the state where the effect of the tragedy was high conducted silent prayers for the victims of Tsunami.
Several people took silent processions across the coastal areas of Chennai to Kanniyakumari and poured milk into the sea as well as offered flowers in the sea.
It may be noted that on December 26, 2004, a massive earthquake struck in the Indian Ocean near Sumatra island in Indonesia leading to huge waves triggering a tsunami and leading to the death of thousands of people. Many people who had gone to Velankanni for praying at the shrine for Christmas died in the Tsunami.
In Nagapattinam, 6,065 people died in the Tsunami with several children losing their parents and in some cases parents losing children. Several organizations, churches, and temples conducted programmes paying tributes to the Tsunami victims on the 18th anniversary at Nagapattinam.
Fishermen and local people at Cuddalore, Kanniyakumari, and Thoothukudi paid floral tributes to those who died in Tsunami in these coastal towns. People also poured milk into the sea in these areas as a mark of respect to those who passed away in the tsunami.
South Indian Fishermen welfare association president, Ku Bharathi said that candles were lit, banners and hoardings erected in memory of the victims of the 2004 tsunami.
At Nagore in Tamil Nadu, people prayed in silence at the mass burial ground at the Dargah in memory of the 2004 tsunami victims.
In Velankanni people took out a silent march from the Velankanni shrine to the main road in memory of the tsunami victims who had lost their lives at the famous pilgrimage centre.