At Sea

MANALKADU – Fishermen who survived the tsunami in this small village in northern Sri Lanka are no longer in the same boat — some have their own, the rest wish that they did. MANALKADU – Fishermen who survived the tsunami in this small village in northern Sri Lanka are no longer in the same boat — some have their own, the rest wish that they did. Almost nine months after the catastrophe, 32 of the 235 families who lost everything to the giant waves have received replacement fishing boats from foreign donors. The others are still waiting.

The formula worked out by the authorities was simple: the families who lost the most would be the first to be compensated.

Since everyone lost their houses, the test became one of how many family members were lost to the crashing seas.

Out-of-work fisherman V. Anthonymuttu, 50, who lost his wife and three grandchildren, aged five years, one year and 10 days, has no quibbles with the system, although it dashed his hopes of an early return to the ocean.

“The village got 32 boats in two batches and they went to people who lost most members of their family,” Anthonymuttu told AFP here. “There are many others who lost more