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In pictures: Boxing Day sleep-in saved many lives
Rail tragedy

Meanwhile, a mile along the beach, the wave overwhelmed the village market. More than 1,000 died. On any other Sunday, we all would have, too. Near the village, a train was derailed 1,400 people died.

Seven miles south in Galle, more than 2,000 people at a bus station and nearby schools were killed by a wave.

The rest of Sunday was spent finding accommodation with locals. On Monday, we evacuated half our party with the youngest children.

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