Two minute silence

2010-12-24 07:30:59

A nation-wide two minute silence will be maintained from 9.25 am to 9.27 am on Sunday (26) as a mark of respect for all those who died in the 2004 tsunami, the Disaster Management centre said.

The National Safety Day that is to be held to commemorate tsunami victims will be held at the Weerasingham Hall in Jaffna this year under the patronage of the Prime Minister D. M Jayaratne.

The Center said that this would be the first occasion that the National Safety Day is be held in the North and said that soldiers who had lost their lives during the war would be commemorated as well.

Minister of Disaster Management, Mahinda Amaraweera asked all citizens in the country to observe silence from 9.25 a.m to 9.27 a.m as a mark of respect for those who died in the tsunami.

The Minister said that many tsunami warning centers had been set up throughout the coastal areas of the country and more will be set up in the coming year. He also said that the warning centers had been connected internationally to ensure that information was received in a fastest manner. “As they are well connected we will be able to evacuate the people if another tsunami was to occur and we will be able to reduce the loss of lives through this,” he said.   

The Disaster Management Center said that according to reports they had received all who had been affected by the tsunami in 2004 had been provided a house or had been given compensation. The Minister also asked any person who had not been given compensation to come forward as they would correct the unfortunate mistake. (Nabeela Hussain )

  Comments - 18

  • Newnowlk Friday, 24 December 2010 08:27

    Hope all those who faced dreadful times in the past can celebrate Christmas peacefully this year...

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    Manel Friday, 24 December 2010 08:34

    yes yes we must do this. i feell like crying when i think of all the popel that died.

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    Ts Friday, 24 December 2010 08:35

    This is all because of MR... thank you

    Reply : 19       3

    micky Friday, 24 December 2010 08:41


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    Jothipola Friday, 24 December 2010 08:36

    i feel that President MR was a good man that helped our country come out of this horrible catastrophe

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    Malumiris Friday, 24 December 2010 08:36

    whats? the point these people have already gone to heaven or thier place of due- we need to take care of those who were devastated by the crisis

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    hrm Friday, 24 December 2010 09:13

    ok.. they have gone to heaven and we simply forget them. is that what u trying to say ???

    Reply : 0       1

    HIDEOUT Friday, 24 December 2010 10:48

    many nations came before you they all gone can you remember all of them ?

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    MagodisThuma Friday, 24 December 2010 13:03

    Yes.... I met some of them in the heaven !.

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    Kolitha Friday, 24 December 2010 09:03

    Honour the two minute silence..Salute them...
    Also salute the people who have bring back the country in to normal in a short time period after one of the worst catastrophe
    in the modern world.

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    Deepthi Friday, 24 December 2010 11:57

    lets hohour the dead with 2 minutes silence. no need to talk anything else.

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    Concerned Friday, 24 December 2010 15:12

    We must pay tribute to all those who lost lives in the Tsunami. But that alone is not enough. Have we done the needful for the Tsunami survivors yet? Have they been provided with proper housing? Have we properly accounted for the Tsunami aid received from our donors? That is the need of the hour.

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    THE UNDERTAKER Friday, 24 December 2010 15:30


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    pasel Friday, 24 December 2010 15:46

    two minute silence won't take care the people still didn't settle from the Tsunami.

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    Nath Friday, 24 December 2010 19:18

    I am wondering, did we resettle all those who were affected?

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    sanga Friday, 24 December 2010 22:55

    Yes all must prey ..ONE minute and fifty seconds for sinhalees.ten seconds for musleems and tamils.

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    Sarath Jayasinghe Sunday, 26 December 2010 03:31

    Two minutes silence won't make any difference for the people who lost their lives. Two minutes help survivors for a day for last six years would have been the great tribute for the victims.

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