Please CLICK ON THIS IMAGE for an animation of the devastating scale of this natural disaster. The tsunami was started by a 9.3 earthquake with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia,
A letter from Dr Chandran, January 2005
Along with our Patron Justice Ron Merkel, his wife Beth Charles, and fellow Trustee Thamby Raj Naidu, Chitra and I were at our Foundation site at Alampara on the Tamil Nadu coastline just north of Pondicherry, when the tsunami struck on a beautiful Sunday morning without the slightest hint of a warning. The backwaters surrounding our Foundation site absorbed most of the force of the wave, and while the water came up to the buildings, fortunately there were no injuries or loss of life. Apart from our underground drinking water supply being affected, both the Uluru Children's Home and Uluru Health Care Centre escaped very lightly compared to those around us. Within moments it was quite apparent that TEWOAF would have to play an important role in our region over many years to come to assist those affected by the tsunami.
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