20 December 2006, Amritapuri
Below is a photo history of the backwaters before, during, and after the tsunami. All the photos were taken from the top of the flats.
The first photo is from 2002. You can see AICT (Amrita Institute of Computer Technology) on the mainland side.
The swirls in the water in the second photo are the effects of the tsunami rushing into the backwaters (taken 26 December 2004). The Ashram boat had been spun around by the force. At the time, no one knew what had happened. In the background are the rising buildings for Amrita University’s new Engineering campus.
The last photo, from 19 December 2006, shows the newly completed Amrita Setu – connecting the Alappad island with the mainland and standing as a testament to Amma’s love and compassion for the local villagers.