Chennai: Survivors of the deadly tsunami remembered their loved ones and offered prayers on the eight anniversary of the tragedy. Tsunami that struck Tamil Nadu coast in 2004 and affected almost 12 nations left a trail of destruction behind.

Prayers were offered to the deceased by the survivors in Cuddalore and Nagapattiam districts of Tamil Nadu, where tsunami caused widespread loss to life and property.
A relatively lesser-known Japanese word, Tsunami, had left a permanent scar when tidal waves sparked off by an undersea quake in Indonesia rose to previously unfathomed heights, causing wide-spread devastation in the state boasting of 1076 km long coast-line.
In Chennai, candles were lit at the famous Marina in respect to the victims of the tsunami. Tamil Nadu accounted for nearly 7000 deaths in the 2004 tragedy.
Relatives of those who perished in Puducherry and Karaikal also paid homage at various coastal villages here today.
Welfare Minister P Rajavelu paid floral tributes at a Remembrance Day programme held in Pannithittu, a coastal village that was among the fishing hamlets that bore the brunt of the tsunami.
Representatives of various fishermen associations held condolence meetings near the specially erected banners near the sea shore and paid homage to those who were killed in the tragedy.
A number of voluntary organisations based in various states and also the Government of Maharashtra had come forward to provide houses under the rehabilitation programmes in Veerampattinam and a few other coastal hamlets here and in Karaikal.
Puducherry government acquired vast stretch of sites in Kalapet and constructed houses for the rehabilitation of the fishermen families who were rendered homeless in the wake of the tragedy.


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