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Feb 16, 2011
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Natural disaster strikes Sri Lanka, again

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The recent floods in eastern Sri Lanka disrupted the lives of more than 1 million people and forced up to 400,000 people to seek refuge in temporary shelters like huts, schools and mosques. Rice crops in the east were devastated. Many fields were flattened by the water that burst through broken dams. Standing water 4 feet deep saturated the fields for days. Much of the rice that remained standing, while it looked healthy, had no grain remaining in it. The worst-affected districts were Batticaloa, Ampara and Trincomalee and these were also regions hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and decades of separatist conflict which ended nearly two years ago.

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      "Andrew Caballero-Reynolds is an American photographer based in Sri Lanka since 2009 with Reuters. He received a degree in International Relations in the United States and a Masters in Communications in Australia. While working as a firefighter in the United States, and with numerous NGO's in Africa he never stopped taking photos and this eventually led full time to photography."
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