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Asia marks tsunami anniversary with prayers

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Ceremonies have been held across south-east Asia to mark the first anniversary of the devastating tsunami. More than 200,000 people were killed when an earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean sent giant waves crashing ashore. The horrifying events of this day last year remain etched on the memories of people around the world. The raging water devastated everything in its path – from Indonesia in the east to Somalia in the west.

As well as the hundreds of thousands of people who died, millions more were left homeless as the tsunami reduced their houses to rubble and sand. Every country affected by the disaster remembered the victims in a different way. Mourners prayed at some of the sites while others sang hymns or observed a minute’s silence. Many survivors decided to spend a night on the very beaches where they had holidayed a year ago.