Reportage: Tsunami in Sri Lanka: Tsunami

Many of the traditional and emblematic {quote}stilt fishermen{quote} of Sri Lanka lost their homes in the 26 December 2004 tsunami. Surprisingly, most of the poles from which they perch to fish off the coast survived. Nevertheless, the local population stopped eating fish after seeing large numbers of dead bodies in the ocean following the tsunami. In addition to enormous material and human loss, fishermen around the country have a hard time selling their catch in order to earn a living essential to rebuilding their lives.Koggala, Sri Lanka.Photo © J.B. Russell
Tsunami, January 2005

Many of the traditional and emblematic "stilt fishermen" of Sri Lanka lost their homes in the 26 December 2004 tsunami. Surprisingly, most of the poles from which they perch to fish off the coast survived. Nevertheless, the local population stopped eating fish after seeing large numbers of dead bodies in the ocean following the tsunami. In addition to enormous material and human loss, fishermen around the country have a hard time selling their catch in order to earn a living essential to rebuilding their lives. 

Koggala, Sri Lanka. 

Photo © J.B. Russell