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    The National Safety day 2018 Featured

    December 26, 2018

    The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) requested the public, Ministries and Government institutions to observe two minutes silence between 9.25 a.m. and 9.27 a.m. today (26) and organise religious programmes for those affected by various disasters.

    According to a 2005 Cabinet Memorandum, 26 December was named ‘National Safety Day’ in memory of persons who perished on 26 December 2004 in the deadly tsunami that hit the country and to commemorate those who died in the tsunami and other calamities, sources stated.The national function of National Safety Day will be held today from 9 a.m. onwards opposite the Parvathi Monument at Thelwatta, Galle.The Tri-Forces, the Police and the public are expected to be present.
    The word ‘ tsunami’ was made known after the unpleasant experience of the 2004 devastating tsunami. On 26 December 2004, an earthquake occurred near Sumatra Islands after 6 a.m., recording an average magnitude of 9.3 on the Richter scale. It was the sixth largest earthquake ever recorded in the world. The tsunami arrived on the Eastern Coast past 8 a.m. and affected about 14 Districts in Sri Lanka and nearly 35,000 lives were lost in the tragedy.
    This year, the DMC will work with the public to educate them on the management of natural disasters and how to ensure that their lives can be protected.Today marks the 14th year since the 2004 Tsunami disaster struck the country and many other countries claiming over 300,000 lives.Many programs will be held island-wide to commemorate the dead and affected people.Meanwhile, former President and current Leader of the Opposition, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has posted a message on Twitter with regard to the 14th Anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami.The tweet reads, “14 years since the shores of Sri Lanka were ravaged by the tsunami, leaving destruction and loss of life in its wake. I would like to take a moment to remember all the lives of our fellow countrymen that were lost on that tragic day. “

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