Trichy: Prayers and candlelight procession marked the 14th anniversary of the Indian ocean tsunami that wreaked havoc on the coastal villages of Nagapattinam district this day in 2004. State minister for handloom and textiles O S Manian and district collector S Sureshkumar paid floral tributes at the tsunami pillar established near the collector office. Hundreds of college students participated in the rally taken out in this connection which was also attended by the inmates of Annai Sathya Home, a home for tsunami orphans.
The victims of the giant sea waves which lashed the coastal villages of the district alone numbered over 6,000 including those who visited Velankanni shrine to celebrate Christmas. The residents of fishing habitats such as Vedaranyam, Kodiakkarai, Vellapallam, Pushpavanam, Tharangampadi, Akkaraipettai, Palayar and Keechankuppam took out a rally and paid floral tributes to their departed family members at the tsunami pillars erected at various places. Earlier, the residents of coastal hamlets took out a rally towards the sea and performed puja by pouring milk and showering flowers.
Special prayers were also organized in churches and temples where relatives of victims took out candlelight processions and offered floral tribute at the cemeteries of their loved ones. Special prayers were held in churches and also at various places where the bodies were buried. A rally organized on behalf of Velankanni shrine was attended by hundreds of people including Christians from across the country. Similar events were also organized across the district and other coastal hamlets. Cadre from various political parties and Tamil outfits also took out rallies and paid floral tributes to the tsunami victims at the memorial pillar near the collector office.