- Title: India remembers Indian Ocean Tsunami victims on 15th anniversary
- Date: 26th December 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Tamil) TSUNAMI SURVIVOR, KRISHANAVENI, SAYING: "My husband became mentally unstable after losing him (our son). Earlier he was fine when he was admitted to the hospital. But after he learnt that our son was no more he became extremely sad and became delusional. Now he never comes home and roams in the streets all the time." VARIOUS OF BOATS DOCKED AT A BEACH VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AT THE BEACH
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- Keywords: Asia Chennai Death India Indian Ocean Puducherry Tamil Nadu Tsunami
- Location: CHENNAI, PUDUCHERRY, INDIA
- City: CHENNAI, PUDUCHERRY, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami
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- Story Text: Locals, including the fishermen communities, in India's southern Tamil Nadu state pay tribute to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on the 15th anniversary of the tragedy that killed around 2,00, 000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries.
On the morning after Christmas Day in 2004, a 9.1 magnitude quake off northern Sumatra island triggered a tsunami with waves as high as 17.4 meters (57 feet) that swept over vulnerable coastal areas of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries.
People in southern Chennai and Puducherry cities on Thursday (December 26) paid tributes at a sand sculpture dedicated to the victims.
Survivors and family members of the victims lit candles, prayed for the souls of the victims who perished away in the disaster.
A survivor, Krishnaveni, who lost a son and a daughter, said her husband become delusional after realising that he lost his son.
India, one of the worst-hit countries, lost an estimated 16,279 people and another 730,000 were believed to have been displaced in the disaster. Hundreds of thousands of buildings and homes were damaged or destroyed when the enormous waves smashed into the coast.
The 2004 Tsunami, which rendered 1.8 million homeless, is said to be one of the worst disasters in human history. Although the international response to the disaster was unprecedented, with an estimated $13.6 billion official aid and private donations pledged for recovery in all the affected countries, many communities still feel the effects of what remains the deadliest tsunami on record.
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