8 English Chapter 2 Tsunami

Chapter Notes and Summary
• This chapter deals with a natural calamity Tsunami, which occurred on 26th December, 2004 hitting Thailand and parts of India such as Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Tamil Nadu Coast. There are some stories of courage and survival.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
• Ignesious was manager of co-operative society in Katchall. His wife woke him at 6 a.m. saying that she could feel tremors of earthquake. He kept Television on ground and ran outside. There he could see huge waves rising. Two of his children caught their grandfather’s and uncle’s hands and rushed in opposite direction but were never found again. His wife was also swept away. Only he and three other of his children were saved.
• Sanjeev, a policeman in Katchall, managed to save himself, but in an attempt to save his wife, he was swept away.
• Thirteen year old Meghna was also swept away with seventy seven other people. She floated for two days but she survived.
• Little girl Alma’s family was also swept away, she was only survivor. She lives in Port Blair. She does not like to talk about this incident. She is still traumatised.
Thailand
• Smith family from South East England were celebrating Christmas at a beach resort in Southern Thailand.
Tilly Smith was a ten year old girl, she had one seven year old sister and parents. She saw huge waves coming and beach seemed to be getting smaller and smaller. She couldn’t understand what was happening. She remembered her geography lessons. She had read about Tsunami. She took her parents and others and took shelter on third floor of hotel. They all were saved. Later she thanked her geography teacher and narrated incident to her friends.
• It is believed that animals have a sixth sense and they can sense calamity. That is why most of animals at time of Tsunami had fled to safer places. Some experts believe that animals’ power of hearing help to feel earth’s vibration. That is why when thousands of men perished, very few animals were harmed and many even saved lives of humans.

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