By D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Ten years ago on December 26th 2004 a series of giant Tsunami waves engulfed the coasts and littoral areas in different parts of Sri Lanka. It was a terrible tragedy that resulted in tremendous loss of human life,limb and property.Until the destructive waves rolled over our shores on that fateful day most Sri Lankans were unaware of the Japanese word Tsunami.Today it has entered the vocabulary of the Sri Lankan people in everyday life.
Tsunami art show organized by The National Museums and Galleries of Wales-a collection of art by child survivors of the tsunami in Sri Lanka was displayed in the UK throughout 2005 as fundraisers to help the victims-more pics
Five days after the calamity, Sri Lanka’s national disaster management centre issued a report on December 31st 2004 outlining the losses and damages caused by the Tsunami.28,508 people had been killed and 5023 persons were reported missing but presumed to be dead.12,482 people had sustained injuries.899,408 persons were displaced from 215,804 families affected by the Tsunami. Apart from public buildings a total of 79,100 dwellings were totally destroyed. Another 20,708 houses were partially damaged.267,785 displaced persons from 20,206 families were being housed in 791 makeshift camps.It was the single biggest tragedy caused by nature in post-independence Sri Lanka!
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