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.