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'The boat started shaking'
The BBC's Rachel Harvey has met a fisherman in the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh who survived the tsunami.

Anwar was out at sea in his tiny fishing boat when the earthquake struck.

This is his story:


I had gone out fishing after morning prayers. I had been out at sea for about an hour and a half when the earthquake struck.

The boat started shaking. Not long after that the waves got bigger - and the sea turned white with foam.

Banda Aceh, Indonesia
'Everything was flat. All the houses had gone'

Then I saw that the bridge on the mainland had disappeared. Everywhere was covered with water.

Suddenly a huge wave came towards me, so I turned towards it and really revved my engine.

Somehow I managed to get over it. I don't know how. If I hadn't done that, I would have been tipped over.

The wave was more than 10m high.

When I was over the wave I looked back. Everything was flat. All the houses had gone.

I was so scared. I just sailed around. I was too frightened to go back to land.

'Nothing left'

But around four o'clock, when everything had calmed down, I did go ashore.

Waves carried boats into the heart of the city

I saw so many people among the debris, just crying for help. I took about 10 of them in my boat. I couldn't find my family.

At about five o'clock I got back on land. The water had already started to go down. I saw dead bodies everywhere on the street.

I went back to my village. There was nothing left. I lost 11 members of my family.

My home used to be close to the sea. Now it's completely destroyed. You can't even see where it was.




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