Former Principal and survivor, V. Sugumar
“Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist” - David Ben-Gurion
Resident of Kallaru, V. Sugumar firmly believes he was spared the wrath of the Tsunami wave by the grace of God.
“A total of seven people were reported dead in my village and several others went missing. My wife and I could have easily fallen prey just like them. We were even caught in the wave, slapped against rocks and trees but instead of being dragged out into the sea, we were rescued by some villagers while we were floating about, caught in the current,” he tells, recalling his memories.
“The sky appeared just like today, dark and angry and one could almost sense the evil that nature was about to unleash upon us,” he adds while pointing at the sky, gloomy with heavy rain clouds.
When Sugumar saw the angry wave in the distance, he had climbed up a coconut tree nearby.
“I was at the church, participating in the morning mass. My wife was unable to attend that morning and she was at home. I kept praying for her safety because there was nothing more I could do. Once the two waves crashed below me and subsided, I gradually descended and helped our Pastor look for his wife and baby. I suppressed my need to go home because I wanted to help those in most need. But our efforts were not successful. Few hours later, I went home to find our house damaged but my wife safe and sound. It was truly a miracle!” Sugumar says with certainty.