The sixth anniversary of the Tsunami disaster that claimed hundreds of thousands of our people was commemorated today.
On 26th December 2004, exactly six years ago, a Tsunami sent shock waves through the Asian region claiming 45 thousand lives in Sri Lanka and property worth millions of rupees. Our people watched helplessly when their parents, sisters, brothers, close relatives and the property were being swept away by the Tsunami tidal waves. Our people were determined to build their lives inch by inch instead of spending the rest of their lives grieving their loss. The then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government took the responsibility of speedily taking the light of development to them to overcome the dark shadows. Today, the country has put up the foundation to stand up before the world as a proud nation at a time when the country has ventured into a development battle after establishing peace. The victims of Tsunami numbering 45 thousand were commemorated to create a new nation over the memories of those who passed away.