Sri Lanka will today remember the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami victims with several religious observances to be held island-wide.
As Sri Lanka marks 14 years since the devastating tsunami, today has been named the National Disaster Awareness Day.
The Disaster Management Centre called on all Sri Lankans to observe a two-minute silence from 9.25 to 9.27am in remembrance of those who died in the natural disaster, the time that the tsunami approximately struck the island.
Deputy Director and Media Spokesman of the DMC Pradeep Kodippili said the Ministry of Disaster Management and the DMC will conduct several programmes including religious ceremonies in remembrance of tsunami victims, opposite the tsunami memorial, placed adjacent to the area where the Peraliya train was struck by the tsunami.
He noted programmes to educate the public as well as religious ceremonies have been organized in all 25 districts today.
The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami had a catastrophic impact in the areas of Galle, Hambantota, Matara and the North Eastern Province, killing around 35,000 persons.
The shock had a moment magnitude of 9.1–9.3 killing 230,000–280,000 people in 14 countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 metres high. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.
Indonesia was the hardest-hit country, followed by Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand. Around 75% of the Sri Lankan coastal region was affected by the tragedy.