After the tsunami
Two years later, Allen Ugargol and colleagues describe their visit to a village hit by the 2004 tsunami
- By: Allen P Ugargol, Riddhi Doshi, Maitraye Basu
Alappad, a quiet sleepy hamlet in the southern Indian state of Kerala, situated between the Arabian sea and the backwaters, made headlines on 26 December 2004 when the killer tsunami waves generated by an earthquake below the ocean floor off the coast of Indonesia struck the region. In the blink of an eye 131 people had lost their lives, and over 2995 homes out of a total of 5967 had been washed away in this secluded hamlet, which has a population of 24,931.
Over a year and a half later, a teacher from the University of Southern California realised the need to revisit to see how the lives of the survivors of the tsunami were being shaped after this disastrous event. This study was her idea, and we were introduced to it as students of the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, a collaborator of the study. The objective