|Sri Lanka remembers 40,000 who perished in 2004 tsunami|
|Friday, 26 December 2008|
Associated Press, Fri December 26, 2008 02:58 EST . Colombo (dpa) Sri Lanka - held remembrance ceremonies in various parts of the island nation to mark the fourth anniversary of the devastating tsunami on Boxing Day, 2004, that claimed over 40,000 lives and displaced more than half a million people..
An island-wide two-minute silence was observed Friday morning as friends and relatives of those killed in the worst natural disaster in the country's history gathered in coastal areas to mark the event.
A train engine caught in the tsunami has been repaired and was put into service for the first time in four years for a trip to the southern tourist town of Peraliya, 100 kilometres south of the capital, Colombo, in time to mark the two-minute silence. More than 1,000 people were killed when the train was swamped by the tsunami.
Four years after the disaster, some of the people displaced by the tsunami still live in temporary shelters. dpa ad im km
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