Dec 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka will mark the National Safety Day, which was commemorated six years continuously since 2006, today to commemorate the lives lost due to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami on the Boxing day of 2005.
The main event of this year’s commemoration will be held at the Kattankudi Cultural Center in Batticaloa from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon with the participation of Prime Minister D M Jayaratne as the Chief Guest on the invitation of Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera.
The country will also remember the thousands of people who lost their lives to the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami that hit the island seven years ago with a nation-wide two minute silence from 9:25 a.m. to 9:27 a.m. on Monday.
The vehicle drivers are also requested to halt their vehicles and observe the two-minute silence.
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 resulted from the Indian Ocean earthquake in Indonesia on December 26, 2004.