English (HONEYDEW) – CLASS 8 – CHAPTER 2: THE Tsunami – Summary

SUMMARY:

This chapter is about the inspiring stories about the Tsunami that hit Thailand and some parts of India such as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the Tamil Nadu coast on 26 December 2004. This chapter comprises three parts. The first part includes the stories from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The first story is about Ignesious, the manager of a cooperative society in Katchall. Around 6a.am., his wife woke him up sensing an earthquake. He kept the television on the floor to save it and meanwhile the family rushed out of the house. When the earth stopped shaking, they could see the sea rising. The Tsunami swept away his wife, two children, brother-in-law, and father-in-law. Only he and his three children could be saved.

The second story is about Sanjeev, a policeman in Katchall. He managed to save his wife and his daughter and himself. But he jumped into the water after hearing the cries of the guest house cook John’s wife. But he could not save her as well as himself, both of them drowned.

The third story is about a 13-year-old girl, Meghna. The wave took away her along with her parents and seventy-seven other people. But fortunately, she held on to a wooden door and kept floating for two days. During those two days, she noticed eleven-time relief helicopters but they could not see her. After two days, a wave brought her back to the seashore and saved her. The last story is about Almas Javed, a ten-year-old girl. She had gone to her mother’s house on Nancowry island, along with her family to celebrate Christmas. Her father saw the seawater moving back after the tremors, he understood that it would come back with more force. He woke up everybody and hurried them to a safe place. But her grandfather fell and her father went for help. A big wave swept both of them. Her mother and aunty swept away along with the coconut tree that they were holding on to. While Almas climbed on a wooden log and fainted. She was taken to the hospital in Kamorta. She was traumatized by this incident.

The second part of the story consists of the story from Thailand. This story is about a ten-year-old brave girl, Tilly Smith. She had gone to a beach resort in Southern Thailand from South-East England along with her family. Tilly and her mother saw the sea rise slowly, start to foam, and make whirlpools. But her mother did not take these signs seriously. Tilly understood that these signs are of Tsunami. As she had studied about tsunamis in the geography lesson just two weeks before. She started to scream and told her family to get back from the beach. Her mother took her family away from the beach to the swimming pool at the hotel. Many other tourists also left the beach. They all were saved.

The third part of the story is related to the animal’s sixth sense. When the gigantic waves entered the coast of India and Sri Lanka, it is believed that the wild and domestic animals seemed to know what was about to happen. The elephants went to higher ground, flamingoes left their low-laying breeding grounds, the dogs refused to go out, and zoo animals went into their shelters.

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