Journalist John was in Tangalle in Southern Sri Lanka on Boxing Day, 2004. He says he heard the tsunami before he saw it - like the low roar of a jet engine. Initially it lapped against the steps of his shack and slowly receded, only to return with a cataclysmic force that decimated nearly everything - and everyone - on the beach.


Find out how John and his wife Cheryl managed to survive a tsunami that killed over 30,000 people in Sri Lanka alone, where you go when everything around you is destroyed, and what happened when he returned to Australia and had to deal with what he’d experienced. 


Resources: Against the Odds (link to

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