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Thursday, 26 December 2013 - 12:39
Video: Ninth anniversary of Tsunami is commemorated - Special hotline introduced to inform regarding disasters
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The Tsunami killer waves which snatched away thousands of lives and devastated several countries including Sri Lanka were commemorated its 9th anniversary today.

Coincident to the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the National Protection Day Commemoration ceremony under the theme of ‘Let’s unite in one voice to eliminate disaster’ was held with the participation of Prime Minister D.M. Jayarathna at the Kalutara Divisional Secretariat.

A 2-mininute silence was observed to honor all those died in Asian Tsunami at 9.25am.

A special hot number ‘117’ was introduced during the ceremony to enable people to inform any disaster situation.

Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that people can now dial 117 and report any type of disaster including floods, landslides, Tsunami, droughts as well as road accidents that requires immediate relief.

Meanwhile a religious ceremony to pass the merit on those who died near the Peraliya Railway Station was held yesterday night. A floral tribute was also held at the Tsunami Monument in Peraliya.

A special train was run up to Peraliya to commemorate the disaster in the last several years but it was not realized this year.

When our news team contacted Railway Department Planning Director Wijaya Samarasinghe to comment on the matter, he said that religious ceremonies were held at every railway station upto Peraliya instead.

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