Sri Lanka recovers seven years after its tsunami

As the people of Japan live through the triple nightmare of earthquake, tsunami and the threat of nuclear disaster, those affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami feel deep sympathy.

The second-worst hit country at that time was Sri Lanka, where 40,000 people were killed.

Six years on, in many of the affected places, there is a mixture of grief and optimism.

Gazing out across the road at a blue-green sea in the hamlet of Peraliya is a giant Buddha statue.


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