Post-tsunami, a rebuilt life

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The tsunami that crashed over southern Asia on Dec. 26, 2004, and killed 230,000 people washed away nearly everything Kangasuriyam held dear. Sixteen close relatives were killed. His seaside village was razed, his house demolished, his business destroyed.

Four years later, with international aid and prodding from his remaining family, the 30-year-old has rebuilt his life. He has a new family. He has a bigger house in a resettlement village set back from the ocean.

He opened a new bicycle repair shop to replace the one where he worked alongside his father from boyhood.

A quiet man, Kangasuriyam says he is finally getting his life back in order.

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