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Tsunami in memoriam


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On kulunut tasan kymmenen vuotta siitä, kun tsunami iski Intian valtameren rannoille. Pelkästään Sri Lankassa tsunami vaati yli 30 000 kuolonuhria, ja 1-1,5 miljoonaa ihmistä joutui jättämään kotinsa. Henkilöuhrien lisäksi aineelliset vahingot olivat suunnattomat.

Tsunamin jäljet näkyvät rannikolla edelleen. Tsunamin uhrien muistolle on pystytetty myös muistomerkkejä ja pieni mutta koskettava valokuvamuseo.

Maiju ja Mikko olivat tsunamin aikaan Intian Goassa ensimmäisellä maailmanmatkallaan Intian Goassa. Siellä luonnonkatastrofi näkyi vain vedenpinnan korkeudessa ja aaltojen koossa.

Exactly ten years ago, the tsunami hit the coastal areas of the Indian Ocean. In Sri Lanka alone, the disaster took over 30,000 lives, and 1-1.5 million people were displaced. Material losses were also enormous.

Signs of the tsunami can still be seen on the coast of Sri Lanka. Memorials and a small but moving photo museum have been dedicated to the victims.

In December 2004, Maiju and Mikko were in Goa, India, on their first longer trip. There, the only signs of the natural disaster were bigger waves and higher water level in the ocean.

Buddha statue in Peraliya, erected to commemorate the victims of the tsunami

Buddha statue in Peraliya, erected to commemorate the victims of the tsunami

Small Buddha statues at the foot of the big one

Small Buddha statues at the foot of the big one

Bronze relief monument to the tsunami victims

Bronze relief monument to the tsunami victims

Tsunami photo museum in Telwatta village

Tsunami photo museum in Telwatta village

Photos of the Queen of the Sea train, which was struck near Telwatta and thrown off the tracks. More than 1,500 passengers were killed.

Photos of the Queen of the Sea train, which was struck near Telwatta and thrown off the tracks. More than 1,500 passengers were killed.

In addition to photos depicting the havoc caused by the tsunami, the museum also shows children's drawings dealing with the big wave

In addition to photos depicting the havoc caused by the tsunami, the museum also shows children’s drawings dealing with the big wave

Along the Galle Road, ruins of tsunami-devastated houses still stand

Along the Galle Road, ruins of tsunami-devastated houses still stand

Skeleton of a tsunami-ruined house near Hikkaduwa

Skeleton of a tsunami-ruined house near Hikkaduwa

Directions for tsunami emergency

Directions for tsunami emergency

A signpost pointing out the evacuation route in case of tsunami

A signpost pointing out the evacuation route in case of tsunami

Watching this, it is hard to understand the capriciousness of the sea

On this paradise beach, it is hard to grasp the capriciousness of the sea