In a symbolic gesture of creating awareness among people as regards the disaster mitigation, Sri Lanka declared December 26 of each year as “National Safety Day” .
Today, the National Safety Day was observed with a two-minute silence from 9.25am to 9.27am in remembrance of the tsunami victims of December 2004.
The Tsunami which battered Sri Lanka in 2004 had a catastrophic impact on the southern, western, eastern and northern provinces of the country. Nearly two thirds of the country’s coastal belt, i.e. 13 administrative districts bore the brunt of the disaster.
Approximately 35, 000 lives were lost while 5000 were reported missing and 95,000 others were deprived of their livelihood.