Sri Lanka map-makers seek bearings after tsunami

Sri Lanka map-makers seek bearings after tsunami


Sri Lanka’s cartographers are trying to get their bearings amid reports that the island’s coastline may have changed after a tsunami devastated nearly three quarters of its shores.

At least 30-thousand people died in Sri Lanka, after giant waves hit many villages.

Survey-General B. J. P. Mendis said he did not think any movement of Sri Lanka island’s coastline would have a significant impact on air and sea navigation.

He said foreign help and satellite imaging help are needed to answer more accurately whether the island itself had shifted, even marginally.

About 10 to 20 metre of beach was lost at the southern port district of Galle, while elsewhere, the sea came in 150 metres compared to previously.