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The walls protected the fort from the Tsunami.  
   

The walls protected the fort from the Tsunami.

The wave was 5 metres high, so the walls protected the houses. Some houses were flooded, as water came through the gates (also bringing boats into the fort, some which are still there).
Life in Galle

November 10th 2005
We have spent the last month living in a hotel in Unawatuna, just out of Galle City. The Tsunami damaged many of the beach front hotels, but they have been quickly rebuilt, and in many cases the water laps around the door step at high tide. The tourist industry is slowly picking up again, as people come to enjoy surfing, snorkeling/diving over the coral reefs, or lounging on the beach. On the w ... read more
Asia » Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Flag The Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced beginning in about the mid-third century B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa... ... read more
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