State remembers tsunami victims

via Pioneer published on December 26, 2006




















Pioneer News Service | Kollam

Hundreds gathered in Alappad, the coastal area in Kollam district, the worst affected in the tsunami in the State, on the second anniversary of the tidal wave attack to pay tributes to the dead. On the occasion, the Government announced several new relief packages including the construction of 100,000 houses in four years in Kerala’s coastal areas.
Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan announced an additional relief assistance of Rs 100,000 each to the families of those who lost family members in the tsunami. The Government has also planned to write off the loans of tsunami victims. The Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for a memorial, the Tsunami Smrithi Mandapam, at Alappad.
Memorial services were also held at the Arattupuzha coast of Alappuzha district, where 29 persons were killed. People paid homage to the dead in Vypeen island off Kochi also.

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