"TSUNAMI DAMAGE BATTICALOA" Sri Lanka Things to Do Tip by mtncorg

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  Damaged house at Batticaloa
by mtncorg

Someone on our trip mentioned that there would be many travellers who would make the journey out to see the damage from the tsunami. By decreeing no building within 200 meters of the ocean, the Sri Lankan government has assured those travelers of the chance to witness the affected zones. The road to this area is a long one from the west side, however. It takes a full day - or night - to make the journey on slow roads. There are very few tourist facilites on the eastern coast - those at Nivelli Beach, north of Trincomalle and at Aurguram Bay in the south were crushed by the tsunami. There has been no word when they will - if - be rebuilt, as opposed to most of the affected hotels along the south coast which are already back in business. Besides the tsunami, one must remember that the eastern coast, along with the northern region of the island, has been the scene for a long smoldering civil war, which is still smoldering underneath the surface.

Yet, for now, the damage is indeed in full view. It is dramatic to say the least. By viewing it firsthand and talking with the survivors, you do gain a perspective that you cannot gain from your living room chair while watching the television reports. Only for this reason do I suggest seeing what happened and how it affects so many of the people of this island.

Directions: Batticaloa is the second largest town on the eastern coast and is about 6-8 hours east from Colombo.
Website: http://www.eusl.info/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 26, 2005
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