The Boxing Day tsunami, 10 years on

By Madura

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The water level of the 2004 Tsunami is seen marked above a main door at The Foundation of Goodness village project in Seenigama December 20, 2014.

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, a natural disaster that killed over 220,000 people across nine countries. The 30m high waves destroyed cities, ruined livelihoods and devastated families.

The response to the tragedy was uniquely generous, with billions of dollars donated from around the globe. The colossal scale of the recovery nevertheless takes time, and the tsunami still haunts many of the survivors to this day.

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Sri Lankan residents walk past a fishing boat marooned on a road after a massive tidal wave struck the southern district of Galle, taken on 27 December 2004

It was in the aftermath of this unfortunate event that we founded Gecko Sri Lanka to help those affected in Sri Lanka. While our team and the projects we support have evolved over the last decade, our goals have remained the same.

Today we are reminded of the terrible toll of the tsunami and we hope that we can continue to help those in need. Thank you all for your support and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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A Sri Lankan woman lights an earthenware lamp as she sits with others at Unawatuna Beach in Galle, some 123 km south of Colombo, 26 January 2005. Sri Lankans lit some 40,000 lamps in memories of those killed by tsunami waves which struck 26 December 2004.

[Pictures are from the Guardian and Reuters websites]


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Gecko Sri Lanka is a UK registered charity founded in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami by a group of second generation Sri Lankan students.
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