Sri Lanka marks one month after tsunami with silence, day of mourning

Standing left to right – Mr. Dinesh Jebamani (Chief Manager Liability Product Management and New Age Media – Seylan Bank), Mr.Sudesh Peiris (Senior Manager – Digital Banking Channels – Seylan Bank), Ms. S.Senevirathne (Representative of the Revenue Department – Western Province), Mr. Tilan Wijeyesekera (Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking – Seylan Bank) and Mr. Malik Wickremanayaka (Deputy General Manager – Operations – Seylan Bank)

Sri Lanka observed a minute’s silence as a sign of respect for the nearly 31,000 people here who perished in the tsunami disaster a full month ago. Sri Lanka observed a minute’s silence as a sign of respect for the nearly 31,000 people here who perished in the tsunami disaster a full month ago. State and private television stations blacked out their screens at 9:36 am (0336 GMT) while radio stations went off the air at the time the tsunamis struck the island’s coastline on December 26.

Politicians and school children planted trees in memory of those who were killed while religious ceremonies were scheduled for later in the day.

Students also joined in the remembrance by lighting candles.

Tamil Tiger rebels meanwhile made Wednesday a day of mourning in the northern and eastern regions where they hold sway.

“Let as all share in the grief and bereavement of our brethren who have lost their beloved ones,” they said in a statement.

“At that particular moment on this day when our brethren lost their lives by the sudden and ferocious tidal surge, let us all set memorial lights in our homeland and throughout all parts