Source: Yahoo! News
Wire Service: AFP
On December 29, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "With their lives in tatters, faith is all that many victims of India's tsunami tragedy have left. At a historic church that rises majestically on the devastated coastline of this sleepy fishing town, dozens of men and women gathered to pray and seek answers to the inexplicable and drastic turn their lives have taken. Many thousands of people were missing Wednesday with more than 160,000 homeless in India as the death toll reached 8,500 from the tsunami that slammed into the unprotected coastline on Sunday... Elsewhere in Nagapattinam, the worst affected district in Tamil Nadu state, Muslims flocked to mosques while the Hindus thronged to temples and lit lanterns as grief gave way to prayers."