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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

Lähikylillä / In the neighbourhoods


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Kuvia Balapitiyasta ja lähiseuduilta.

Pics from Balapitiya and surroundings.

Buddha statue in Balapitiya town

Buddha statue in Balapitiya town

The presidential election is approaching, and judging by the posters there's only one candidate, incumbent Rajapaksa

The presidential election is approaching, and judging by the posters there’s only one candidate, incumbent Rajapaksa

Fish in a bag at Balapitiya market

Fish in a bag at Balapitiya market

Stairway to heaven?

Stairway to heaven?

Having ice cream in Ambalangoda

Having ice cream in Ambalangoda

Fish soup, Hikkaduwa style

Fish soup, Hikkaduwa style

Child soup, Hikkaduwa style

Child soup, Hikkaduwa style

Top-bottom-mismatch?

Top-bottom-mismatch?

Vegetable market in Hikkaduwa

Vegetable market in Hikkaduwa

Swinging times, happy times - at Ambalangoda play ground

Swinging times, happy times – at Ambalangoda play ground

Big Buddha, huge toes at the Karadeniya temple.

Big Buddha, huge toes at the Karadeniya temple.

Bowing to Buddha

Bowing to Buddha

Eero followed sleeping Buddha's example

Eero followed sleeping Buddha’s example

A fairy-like statue at Karandeniya temple

A fairy-like statue at Karandeniya temple

Becoming friends with the waves at Akurala beach

Becoming friends with the waves at Akurala beach

Snack time

Snack time

Me catch lunch... yummy-yummy

Me catch lunch… yummy-yummy

A wind chime in a remote little temple

A wind chime in a remote little temple

Balapitiya beach panorama

Balapitiya beach panorama

A "stroll" on the beach in Balapitiya

A “stroll” on the beach in Balapitiya

What goes up must come down

What goes up must come down

We were invited to a party at a pre-school next door. The show lasted for over four hours. Eero was pretty much done during the opening speech.

We were invited to a party at a pre-school next door. The show lasted for over four hours. Eero was pretty much done during the opening speech.

The head monk of Sri Thapodanaramaya temple gave Eero a blessing

The head monk of Sri Thapodanaramaya temple gave Eero a blessing

The others were more interested in taking pictures of him :D

The others were more interested in taking pictures of him :D

Bye-bye little monks

Bye-bye little monks

Family footmarks on Balapitiya beach

Family footmarks on Balapitiya beach