Stephan Vanfleteren

Aragum Bay, Sri Lanka

Sundaralingam Susantha (30):I was visiting my family in Komari, not far from here. From the bridge over the lagoon I saw people running away. I didn't take it seriously - it seemed so stupid. I go fishing in winter and in summer I surf so I know the sea better than anyone. Then there was a sudden high tide and then the sea went back, as far back as I had ever seen. It was the first time I had seen the coral reef so exposed above the water. The sea just sucked the water with it and then I suddenly saw the giant wave coming in the distance. The wave was black and dirty, it was dead water.I ran away from the sea as fast as I could but I realised that the wave was faster than me so I decided to climb a palm tree. Thankfully I'm used to climbing palm trees to pick coconuts. I was like a monkey in the top of the palm tree. The wave came and touched the bottom of the tree. It was so high. I was praying next to the coconuts. After a while the water receded. All the houses were gone. All the people were gone. I was alone, as if I was the last living person on earth. I cried.

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Stephan Vanfleteren
Aragum Bay
Sri Lanka
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