Reportage: Tsunami in Sri Lanka: Tsunami

Traditional stilt fishermen living in the wreckage of their homes. Many of these emblematic fishermen of Sri Lanka lost homes and family members in the 26 December 2004 tsunami. Surprisingly, most of the wooden poles from which they fish off the coast survived. However, the local population stopped eating fish after seeing large numbers of dead bodies in the ocean following the tsunami. In addition to enormous material damage, fishermen around the country have a hard time selling their catch and earning a living.Koggala, Sri Lanka.Photo © J.B. Russell
Tsunami, January 2005

Traditional stilt fishermen living in the wreckage of their homes. Many of these emblematic fishermen of Sri Lanka lost homes and family members in the 26 December 2004 tsunami. Surprisingly, most of the wooden poles from which they fish off the coast survived. However, the local population stopped eating fish after seeing large numbers of dead bodies in the ocean following the tsunami. In addition to enormous material damage, fishermen around the country have a hard time selling their catch and earning a living. 

Koggala, Sri Lanka. 

Photo © J.B. Russell