Today marks 17 years since the 2004 tsunami.
Tragedy struck when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake was recorded in deep seas near Sumatra Islands in Indonesia.
The tsunami resulted in the death of nearly 282,000 people from 14 countries including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and India.
The death toll in Sri Lanka was nearly 35,000.
Around 2,000 people were killed in the Peraliya Thelwatta train accident, which is considered to be the largest single rail disaster in world history by death toll.
Every year since 2005, the 26th of December has been declared National Safety Day and various programmes are carried out in remembrance of all those who died in disasters, including the tsunami.
Accordingly, the public is requested to observe a two-minute silence from 9.25am to 9.27am today.
The main event of this year’s National Safety Day will be held at the Peraliya Tsunami Memorial in Galle, with the participation of state officials, Tri-Forces and Police, and the public.
The Disaster Management Centre said several programmes have been organized in other districts, in line with the main event.
Deputy Director and Media Spokesperson of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili said the events will be held with the participation of a limited number of people, while adhering to health guidelines and regulations.