chapter
Introduction
ByMICHELE R . GAMBURD AND DENNIS B . MCGILVRAY
Pages 16

The Indian Ocean Tsunami, which devastated 70 percent of Sri Lanka’s coastline and killed an estimated 35,000 people on 26 December 2004, was remarkable both in the magnitude of the disaster and in the scale of the relief and recovery operations mounted by national and international agencies.1 This edited volume explores the aftermath of the tsunami in two culturally distinct coastal regions of Sri Lanka, the east and the southwest.