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Villagers' new hope after 2004 tsunami

8:58am GMT - 01:49

A Sri Lankan village ravaged by the Indian Ocean tsunami 10 years ago looks toward a brighter future. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Life in the Sri Lankan village of Seenigama looks relatively unremarkable these days. Budding cricket stars brush up on their skills at the local sports centre. At the Foundation of Goodness charity classes are in full swing. The village has come a long way in the 10 years since the tourist district of Galle in which it lies was hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami. More then 40, 000 people lost their lives in Sri Lanka alone. Tens of thousands of homes, schools and businesses were destroyed. Foundation of Goodness founder Kushil Gunesekara says the village is back on its feet. (SOUNDBITE)(English) FOUNDATION OF GOODNESS FOUNDER KUSHIL GUNESEKARA SAYING: "We were fortunate because we had the Foundation of Goodness up and running at the time so we were able to harness the wave of compassion to overpower the waves of destruction and rebuild better." Sports centre head Anura De Silva says the village didn't even have such a facility at the time of the tsunami. Now it's producing national sporting stars on a cricket pitch paid for by the Surrey Cricket Club in England a pool funded by Canadian pop star Bryan Adams. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ANURA DE SILVA, HEAD OF SPORTS CENTRE, SAYING: "You see at the back all the girls and boys who've achieved recognition at a national level." Deva Karunawathi lost seven members of her family. Their bodies were never found. But at least now, through the Foundation of Goodness charity, they have a home of their own. (SOUNDBITE)(Sinhala) DEVA KARUNAWATHI SAYING: "Can't complain, things are good. We didn't own a house to live in and now we've got one. The children have found employment." In total the tsunami claimed the lives of some 230,000 people on December 26, 2004. Ten years later some communities are still struggling to recover.

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Villagers' new hope after 2004 tsunami

8:58am GMT - 01:49

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