Aftermath of a disaster: an eye-witness account from Sri Lanka

At 7.59 am local time on 26 December 2004, a mighty earthquake rocked the floor of the Indian Ocean just northwest of Sumatra, triggering a series of large and powerful tsunamis that killed nearly a quarter of a million people – 168 000 in Indonesia alone. The tsunami decimated towns and cities from Indonesia, Thailand and the north-western coast of Malaysia to Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, thousands of kilometres away, and as far as Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa. Unaware of the lethal waves that were rolling across the ocean towards us, I and my fellow Sri Lankans spent the morning about our daily affairs when much of the fabric of our society was washed away.
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tsunami, supplies of insulin, public-sector hospitals, displaced people