Tsunami Anniversary: Wounds heal but scars remain
The wounds might have healed but the scars remain. Silent rallies, tearful homage and special worships in memory of those, who were swept away by the deadly tsunami, this day in 2004, marked the eight anniversary of the tragedy in Tamil Nadu.
The massive tsunami, triggered by deadly tidal waves, had claimed over 8,000 lives and devastated coastal districts of Chennai, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Kanniyakumari leaving a trail of death and destruction.
In most of the fishing hamlets, fishermen observed the occasion as black day.
In some of the districts, fishermen stayed away from the sea as a mark of respect to the departed souls.
In the coastal districts, tens and hundreds of people, including weeping women, showered flowers into the sea as a mark of remembrance of those who perished in the tragedy.
Reports from Cuddalore, Kanniyakumari and Kancheepuram said special prayers were held and candles lit at the memorials to pay respects to the victims.
Silent processions were also taken out to mark the occasion.