FIRST HAND STORY: Mark Rochefort in the Andaman Islands"To be up and out of the Tsunami zone and into a hot bath within 2 days is strangely disarming. I feel as if I am betraying the local people left behind in this tragedy."
Mark Rochefort and his girl friend were on a three month trip around India. When the wave came - they were in the Andaman Islands - on Havelock island, famous for diving.Andaman and Nicobar Islands are under the control of India but only 30 of them are inhabited and only a number are open to tourists.
In his weblog - he blogged BEFORE and AFTER ENTRIES:
Ella, Sri Lanka. We woke at 3am this morning, after only getting to bed at 1am (beers under the full moon on a beautiful beach - just too enticing!) and arrived at Uda Welawe National Park to catch the dawn troop of elephants. As the mist cleared, we stalked the odd beasties in our jeep - all that was missing was a voiceover from David Attenborough. I like elephant footprints :)
Andaman Islands and the extent of the Tsunami's devastation is only just starting to hit home. Sleeping in a simple hut on the beach, we were woken by a serious rumble in the morning and we certainly got a bit wet but, as there are no communications on Havelock Island...
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