Candle light vigil, silent rallies mark 17th tsunami anniversary in TN #tsunami β€οΈπŸ’Ÿβ€οΈ

Chennai, Dec 26 (UNI) The wounds might have healed. But the

scars remain.

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

Tamil Nadu.

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

day.

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.

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