• A man prays after placing flowers next to a plaque with the name of his family, who was killed in the 2004 tsunami, at a wave-shaped memorial in Ban Nam Khem, a southern fishing village destroyed by the wave.Reuters
  • A boy throws a rose into the sea near a monument for victims of the 2004 tsunami in Ban Nam Khem.Reuters
  • People pay their respects to the victims of the 2004 tsunami at a wave shaped memorial in Ban Nam Khem.Reuters
  • Pictures of the 2004 tsunami victims are seen during a 10th anniversary ceremony in Ban Nam Khem.Reuters
  • Relatives of tsunami victims pray near a mass grave in Pereliya in Sri Lanka, where more than 40,000 people died 10 years ago.Reuters
  • An Acehnese woman pours water over a stone marker at a mass graveyard for tsunami victims in Banda Aceh. Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines on Friday for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the region.Reuters
  • Survivors, local residents and visitors release paper lanterns during a ceremony for victims of 2004 tsunami in Ban Nam Khem.Reuters
  • Acehnese women attend a mass prayer for the 2004 tsunami victims at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh. Thousands of Indonesians gathered to pray at the mosque that was one of the few buildings left standing in Banda Aceh, the city flattened by the Boxing Day tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people 10 years ago.Reuters
  • People attend a Swedish memorial service for victims of the 2004 tsunami at a beach in Khao Lak.Reuters

When millions of people were celebrating the joys of Christmas on 26 December 2004, many others faced one of the worst disasters that shocked the entire world.

The Indian Ocean earthquake, with a magnitude of Mw 9.1–9.3, hit the coastal shores of Asia 10 years ago, killing more than two lakh people in fourteen countries.

Indonesia was the hardest Tsunami hit country, which had more than one lakh casualties, followed by Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.

On Friday, 26 December 2014, various memorial ceremonies were held across Asia to mark the 10th anniversary of the disaster that killed nearly a quarter-million people in history's worst natural calamities.

Swedish Prime Minister delivered a speech during a function at Uppsala Cathedral, to remember the victims.

European tsunami survivors held a memorial service and a candlelight ceremony in southern Thailand. A service was also held at Khao Lak, where a boat has become an eternal monument of the powerful disaster.

Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of Indonesia, led a ceremony in the Aceh province capital, where many placed flowers at the grave of the tsunami victims.

Survivors in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu also took part in various local memorial services.

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