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Then and now: Tales of tsunami devastation and rebuilding in 15 pics

Photos shot days after tsunami struck the country captured the scale of the damage. Ten years later, HT's national photo editor Gurinder Osan revisits the places he had clicked on his 2004 tsunami assignment in Tamil Nadu. See the pictures from then and now. Full coverage

india Updated: Dec 27, 2014 07:33 IST

In the morning of December 26, 2004 a 9.3-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia's western coast generated a series of massive waves that killed more than 220,000 people across 14 countries as far apart as Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Somalia. As many as 16,000 people died, communities were destroyed and there was massive material damage in India. Photos shot days after tsunami struck the country captured the scale of the damage. Ten years later, Hindustan Times' national photo editor Gurinder Osan revisits the places he had clicked on his 2004 tsunami assignment in Tamil Nadu. Hold the tab button at the centre of the photographs and swipe to see places then and now.







Tsunami destroyed this car and flooded fields next to a road that leads to Silver Beach in Cuddalore,

Tamil Nadu. Ten years later, the same spot has sprung back to life. (HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)



Tsunami survivors scurry to get on a ferry across the Kaduvaiyar river and reach the fishermen's village

of Akkaraipettai in Nagapattinam (left). Ten years on, the same place has a booming fishing trade. A

flyover started 10 years is now complete. (HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)







People carry dead bodies amid debris near the harbour in Nagappattinam after the tsunami in December

2004. When HT visited the place last week, we found buildings and a smiling balloon-seller.

(HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)






The tsunami shattered the fishermen's village of Akkaraipettai in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, and

damaged roads. There is now a paved road at the same place which children use to get to their school.

(HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)





A woman walks through the ruins of the fishermen's village of Akkaraipettai after the tsunami waves

damaged the area (left). Today, the same place is a small market where people sell fish and vegetables.

(HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)





Fishing boats were washed in by the tsunami waves and pushed on a bridge in the fishermen's village of

Akkaraipettai in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. The boats are back now but the bridge was never rebuilt.

(HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)







Women grieve as they cross fishing boats washed ashore by tsunami waves. That bridge has now been

demolished. (Photo on left: AP archive; on right: HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)



Fishing boats were washed ashore by tsunami waves near the fishermen's village of Akkaraipettai in

Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu (left). There is now a bridge at the same place. (HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)



Tsunami victims were buried en masse in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. Ten years later, the dead have got

better treatment. There is a memorial where people homage.

(Photo on left: AP archives; on right: HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)



A person seems shell-shocked by devastation caused by the tsunami waves in the village of

Devanampattinam in Cuddalore. The same place isn't grim now: it has a volleyball net where youngsters

gather to play. (HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)





An old couple cries over the wreck the tsunami waves created after crashing Nagappattinam,

Tamil Nadu (left). Ten years later, three young men smile and pose for the camera at the same spot.

(Photo on the left: AP archives; on the right: HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)





People look grim as they cross a tsunami-damaged road that leads to the Silver Beach in Cuddalore,

Tamil Nadu (left). The road is well paved now and the photo frame has changed to children happily

running along. (Photo on the left: AP archives; on the right: HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)




Silver Beach in Cuddalore took a pounding during the December 2004 tsunami. Ten years later, grim

faces have replaced happy faces licking ice-creams. The beach is a picnic spot again.

(HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)






Men try to pull a damaged autorickshaw from the rubble left behind by the tsunami waves. It's not the

same auto but the fishermen's village of Akkaraipettai in Nagapattinam is back to normal.

(Photo on the left: AP archives; on the right: HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)



People walk away from their damaged homes after the tsunami hit Akkaraipettai in Nagapattinam,

Tamil Nadu. Today, the village is back to life. (HT Photo/Gurinder Osan)