- Title: India remembers Indian Ocean Tsunami victims on 15th anniversary
- Date: 26th December 2019
- Summary: CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (DECEMBER 26, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) SAND SCULPTURE DEDICATED TO TSUNAMI 2004 VICTIMS DECORATED WITH FLOWERS, AND LAMPS OIL LAMP VARIOUS OF CHILDREN LIGHTING CANDLES AT THE MEMORIAL LIT OIL LAMPS AND CANDLES SAND SCULPTURE DECORATED WITH FLOWERS PEOPLE THROWING FLOWERS AT A BANNER SHOWING PHOTOGRAPHS OF TSUNAMI VICTIMS PUDUCHERRY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (DECEMBER 26, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) SAND ART DECORATED WITH CANDLES AND FLOWERS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PAYING TRIBUTES AT THE SAND ART MEMORIAL SAND SCULPTURE (SOUNDBITE) (Tamil) SAND ARTIST, GUBENTHRAN, SAYING: "Today we are paying tributes to the souls of Tsunami tragedy. We lit candles for the peace of the souls across the coastal areas. Anything cannot be matched with the lives of people but we try our best for their peace and pray to the almighty to not bring Tsunami again." CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (DECEMBER 26, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VARIOUS OF RESIDENTIAL AREA WHERE TSUNAMI VICTIMS ARE REHABILITATED VARIOUS OF FAMILY MEMBERS OF A TSUNAMI VICTIM TSUNAMI SURVIVOR, KRISHANAVENI (GREY SARI, INDIAN ATTIRE FOR WOMEN) WHO LOST HER SON AND A DAUGHTER IN TSUNAMI 2004, STANDING ALONG WITH ANOTHER WOMAN
- Embargoed: 9th January 2020 14:15
- 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
- Reuters ID: LVA001BBM3FPR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- 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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