TOI - Remembering the Tsunami


Day to remember tsunami victims


Bangalore: Christmas cheer filled the air, but for many it was a day to remember the thousands of tsunami victims who died in the mammoth natural disaster six years ago.

A group gathered on M G Road on Saturday evening and created a candle formation of the word ‘tsunami’. Volunteers of Sankalp India Foundation held a silent vigil after beginning with the national song. Holding up posters urging passers-by to ‘Remember the tsunami’, they welcomed them to join the group in their effort to spread awareness on disaster management.

Many volunteers who aided rescue projects at Nagapattinam in 2004 were present to talk to people about their experiences. Rajat Kumar Agarwal, an active member of the foundation, recalled painful episodes during the tsunami: “There were heaps of bodies and crying families looking for their children. There was lack of volunteers and the few who were present were unable to deal with the trauma. The most important thing is to educate and train people to deal with these disasters effectively and without delay. ”

A candlelight vigil was held on the eve of tsunami anniversary on MG Road on Saturday

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