Chennai, Dec 26 (UNI) The wounds might have healed. But the
Silent rallies, tearful homage and special worships in memory of
those, who were swept away by the deadly tsunami, this day in
2004, marked the observation of the 17th solemn anniversary in
The massive tsunami, triggered by deadly tidal waves had claimed
more than 8,000 lives and devastated coastal districts of Chennai,
Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Kanniyakumari, besides leaving a
trail of horror memories.
In most of the fishing hamlets fishermen observed the day as black
In some of the districts, fishermen stayed away from the sea as a
mark of respect to the victims.
‘Though the tragedy occurred 17 years back, it is still vivid in our
memory as if it had occurred today’, the fishermen said, justifying
their decision to stay away from sea.
The recent rains and floods compounded the misery of the people of
Kanniyakumari, Cuddalore and Chennai districts, especially fishermen.
In the coastal districts, tens and hundreds of people, including weeping
women, showered flowers into the sea as a mark of remembrance of
those who perished in the tragedy.
Reports from Cuddalore, Kanniyakumari, Kancheepuram and the worst
-affected Nagapattinam said special prayers were held and candles were
lit at the tsunami memorial to pay respects to the victims.
Silent processions were also taken to mark the occasion.
MORE UNI GV 1210
Candle light vigil, silent rallies mark 17th tsunami anniversary in TN