Dec 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka will commemorate the victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami tomorrow along with the National Safety Day events.
A two-minute silence will be observed from 9:25 a.m. to 9:27 a.m. tomorrow at the National Safety Day event to remember the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 that claimed the lives of over 35,000 people and rendered over 100,000 homeless.
Alongside the 9th anniversary of tsunami, the seventh National Safety Day will be held at the Kalutara District Secretary's office premises Thursday.
Prime Minister D M Jayaratne will be the Chief Guest at the ceremony that will be held under the theme "Line up to eradicate Disasters". Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and Deputy Minister Duleep Wijesekara will also participate in the occasion.
The National Safety Day was inaugurated following the devastating tsunami to commemorate the lives lost and to increase awareness among the public in such catastrophic disasters and educate them to prepare for such disasters.
According to statistics 35,322 people lost their lives in Sri Lanka and over 500,000 lost their homes when the island was struck by the tsunami that was resulted from the massive Indian Ocean earthquake in Indonesia on December 26, 2004.