The Comeback Kid

The southern coast of Sri Lanka was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and much of the country’s 35,000 fatalities (the second-highest death toll of the disaster) were incurred in the south, especially in beach towns like Unawatuna, Thalpe, and Mirissa.  Six years later, the south seems to have bounced back nicely and even tiny backpacker town Unawatuna was fully booked for the New Year’s Eve holiday.  Hotels, even high-end ones, have built right on the beach, which not only doesn’t seem very safe but also doesn’t leave much room for sunbathing even during low tide.


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