Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Point-Pedro and Manalkaadu, Sri Lanka.

Jetty at Point-Pedro.
Former 'customs shed' near the Point-Pedro jetty.
Point-Pedro is called 'Paruththi-thurai' - Cotton exporting harbour - in Thamil. I have seen a few cotton shrubs growing in Vallai-vely close by. As a school boy at Hartley In the 1950s I have seen sailing boats called 'Vallams' anchored near this jetty. Paddy was transported here from Batticaloa and salt was exported from here. A large ware-house called the 'Kittangi' was near the bus-stand about 200 meters away, where the items imported were stored.
Burial site of the Tsunami victims at Manalkaadu.
Houses built for the Tsunami victims at Manalkaadu.
The Tsunami wiped out a large village on this coastline bordering the Indian Ocean, on the north-eastern side of Sri Lanka. Quite a few houses have been built more inland using foreign aid.