Invisible Lines

Three months on from the tsunami, the island’s surveyors are finding that their maps dating back to the 1930s are just not enough to assess the damage to the country’s coast. Three months on from the tsunami, the island’s surveyors are finding that their maps dating back to the 1930s are just not enough to assess the damage to the country’s coast. The tidal waves that struck just a day after Christmas also washed away large extents of beach, possibly altering the country’s coastline along the Southern and Eastern edges.

But the Coast Conservation Department says they don’t have pre-tsunami images of the Southern and Eastern coasts to understand the extent of the damage.

What satellite and aerial imagery there is is with the Survey Department, though existing pre-tsunami series of maps dates back to the 1930s.

“We have been able to obtain post-tsunami satellite images but for comparison purposes we need high resolution imagery before the tsunami and we have not been able to get it as yet,” Surveyor General, B J P Mendis told LBO.

The Survey Department however, does not expect the damage to be extensive considering usual rates of erosion in some areas, with s