Hundreds travel to their death on coastal highway

Hundreds of travellers on Sri Lanka’s main coastal highway, have gone missing after tidal waves hit the coastal road Sunday. Hundreds of travellers on Sri Lanka’s main coastal highway, have gone missing after tidal waves hit the coastal road Sunday. The A-2, popularly known as the Galle Road, starts from Colombo and hugs the coast along the main coastal cities, including Galle, Matara and Hambantota, all which have been devastated by the tsunami.

Hundreds of vehicles, including buses carrying holidaymakers have been swept off the road and flung bodily against trees and the remaining walls of houses and other obstructions several hundreds of meters off the trunk route.

“We were on a holiday with along with a group of relatives and had stopped by Beruwala to show the kids the fishing harbor,” says Deepal Samantha. “I grabbed two kids and ran across the rail track and it started moving and my feet was trapped in the sleepers.”

But a two and half year child in the party is missing.

Children as well as old people had the hardest time escaping the rushing waters.

“We saw and old man who had got off a vehicle and tr