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Tsunami anniversary flood of tears on Tamil Nadu coast

Several coastal hamlets in Tamil Nadu observed the 13th anniversary of the deadly tsunami that took a toll of over ten thousand lives besides devastating several place along the state's coast. Many events were conducted in memory of the departed souls in 2004.

Besides Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Nagapatinmam, Cuddalore districts and Puducherry were affected by the Tsumai. Even the area around the Marina beach in Chennai was not spared by the giant waves which lashed the state for about an hour on that day.

At a coastal village near Colachel near the land's end at Kanyakumari district fishing community took out a procession. They gathered near the memorial stupa constructed for 199 people of the village who perished in Tsunami waves on that sunday morning. Special prayers were held at the memorial.

Puducherry state assembly speaker V Vaidyalingam led the floral tributes at a function held to mark the memory of the deceased behind the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the city.

Rallies and silent processions were taken out in various parts of the Nagapatinam district in central Tamil nadu where the killer waves took away over six thousand lives.

Coastal management  experts say that the state has not learnt lessons from the Tsunami episode if one went by the preparedness of the Kanyakumari disrtrict administration when cyclone Ockhi lashed the land's end earlier this month.

 Over five hundred fishermen from the district are missing for the past 25 days and the people are demanding that the state government should declare them as dead and give compensation to the affected families. Fishermen of the district complain that they did not get the alert from the district administration about the impending cyclone.

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