It is seven years since the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa led the country in a two minute silence to honour those swept to their deaths. December 26 has been named a national safety day by the government.
Tens of thousands of people in several countries died in the disaster, triggered by an earthquake.
In Thailand, commemorations also took place. Western holidaymakers were among the dead, with resorts like Phuket battered by waves on an almost unimaginable scale.
The tsunami was the worst ever natural disaster to hit Thailand. As well as loss of life, property, the environment and the economy were severely damaged. Many survivors were made homeless and thousands of families’ livelihoods were wrecked.
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