"In case of Tsunami go to high ground or inland", another sign says "In case of Tsunami, run this way ->" (pointing away from the sea).
We arrived in Sri Lanka 10 months after the Boxing Day Tsunami that claimed 30,000 lives in Sri Lanka alone. Many people are still “missing” and half a million have been displaced. Evidence of the devastation is visible everywhere along the coastline. Many houses are completely or partially destroyed. Remains of fishing boats are strewn up to several kilometers inland and in Hambantota we saw a large ship sitting high and dry about 1 kilometer from the sea. The locals are trying to build a rail-track to get the ship back into the water. North of Hikkaduwa is the sobering scene of the damaged train where over a thousand people lost there lives. Three of the carriages are likely to be left there as a memorial. Immediately after the Tsunami international aid assisted with provision of temporary shelter in the form of tents and wooden shacks. Murray is now involved in managing the process of rebuilding several thousand permanent houses in the Southern Zone alone. And also reconstruction of infrastructure, such as water supplies, waste water systems, health clinics, schools and roads.
Our overseas move started in 2005, with a brief vacation in India. Then we joined the Tsunami relief team in Sri Lanka for a couple of years. We were then based in Nairobi, Kenya for 9yrs. Now based in Geneva, Switzerland for the past 3 years with Murray in a global role still travelling around to the hot spots. Hoping to make the most of being in Europe.... full info