Saturday, January 01, 2005
Despatches 12: The black sea
At two places during our trip, we are told that the sea, that rose suddenly as it approached the shore, was black in colour. At Pandalasalai, we are just told that it was jet black, which added to the fearsome effect of the waves. At Vailakanni, we are told that the sea was mixed with "black clay", and that many survivors died because their respiratory systems broke down because they had inhaled that contaminated water.