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The Big Picture: After the waves pulled back

Two natural disasters struck the coast of Tamil Nadu, both in the month of December — one, a cyclone 50 years ago, and the other, the tsunami of 2004.

Ten years after the tsunami that crashed into their Sunday morning picnic at New Beach in the coastal district of Nagapattinam, Parameswaran (a local resident) says he remembers the day like it was yesterday. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Parameswaran and wife Choodamani out on a walk with their children on Nagapattinam beach. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Kumari S, 38, was among several women in Nagapattinam who, after losing their children in the tsunami, underwent reverse tubectomy. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

“After we lost two of our three daughters, my husband wanted us to have a baby again. I delivered Kamalesh the next year at a temporary shelter in Nagapattinam town,” says Kumar, helping the 9-year-old slip into his white school uniform. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Children at the orphanage run by Parameswaran and Choodamani in Nagapattinam. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Rasavalli at her house that was destroyed in the 2004 Tsunami in Akkaraipettai, Nagapattinam. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Fishing boats at the Nagapattinam port. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

The authorities had converted several spots in Nagapattinam into mass graves. Trucks arrived at doorsteps to collect the dead and dumped them at burial sites. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

An abandoned house (small house, towards the bottom right corner) that was destoryed in the 2004 Tsunami along the Nagapattinam coast. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

A fishing boat that was damaged in the 2004 Tsunami lay sumberged in sand along the coast of Bay of Bengal in Nagapattinam. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Over 200 people who lived on the Dhanushkodi coast also died in the cyclone. All the houses in Dhanuskodi were blown to pieces in the storm and marooned.

Mangled remains of the rail tracks on the way to Dhanushkodi. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

The train tracks lay submerged in the Bay of Bengal. Parts of the track become visible in summers and in low tide. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Post office and the school building in Dhanushkodi. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Remains of the rail signal house in Dhanushkodi. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Remains of platform benches at Dhanushkodi. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Vans parked at the area where once Dhanushkodi Railway Station stood. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Mahalingam, a survivor of the cyclone in Dhanushkodi. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Ruins of the church in Dhanushkodi. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

A resident of Dhanushkodi waits for a vehicle to Rameshwaram. He is standing on the the remains of the railway platform. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Kumar (a local resident) at the ruins of the church in Dhanushkodi. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

An engraving on the plate fixed to the memorial of the victims of the train that was destroyed in the cyclone, infroms a visitor about the number of lives that were lost. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Ruins of the school building in Dhanushkodi. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

V Palanichamy, a survivor of the cyclone, in Rameshwaram. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)