Sri Lankans paid tribute to those who died in the 2004 tsunami.
Two minutes-silence was observed from 9.25 to 9.27 in remembrance of all Sri Lankans who lost their lives in natural disasters.
The Tsunami catastrophe which battered Sri Lanka in 2004 had a catastrophic impact on the southern, western, eastern and northern provinces of the country. Nearly two thirds of the country’s coastal belt, i.e. 13 administrative districts bore the brunt of the disaster.
Approximately 35, 000 lives were lost while 5000 were reported missing and 95,000 others were deprived of their livelihood.
In a symbolic gesture of creating awareness among people as regards the disaster mitigation, December 26 of each year was named as “National Safety Day”.