Sambodhi shelter – Disabled lay in their beds as waters engulfed them

Taken from here.

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GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) – Screaming with fear, paralysed children at a shelter for the physically disabled and mentally ill lay helpless in their beds as water surged into their dormitories during the tsunami that ravaged coastal areas of southern Asia.

Some desperate children gripped the rafters as the water level rose inside the one-storey Sambodhi shelter, while others floated away on mattresses to their deaths, witnesses say. Just 41 of the 102 residents of the home survived, caretaker Kumar Deshapriya said Saturday.

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There’s much more to the story than that. I can’t even imagine what those children went through, being so completely helpless in that situation. It’s bad enough when you can at least make an effort to save yourself. This just seems so much worse.

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