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A believe-it-or-not story from Sri Lanka:


@ Indo-Asian News Service /  New Kerala Media
[World News]: Colombo, Dec 30 : India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Nirupama Rao believes miracles still do happen.

Otherwise, she says there is no reason why two Indian boys survived the tsunami waves that tore through Yala, the largest wildlife reserve in the island, that fateful Sunday, killing a large number of tourists including their parents.

"It's a believe-it-or-not story," she said about Farsan, a nine-year-old Parsi boy from Mumbai who was holidaying in the sanctuary.

"He was found clinging on to a tree. But for a fracture in the leg and some bruises he is fine," Rao, who visited the boy at the Indian-managed Apollo Hospital here Thursday, told IANS.

"He was found with his passport dry and intact. It was as if he had been told 'You are safe, here's your passport.'"

The sea had wiped out almost the whole of Yala sanctuary.

Farsan still does not know that his father Kesri Faujdar and mother Mehr perished in the deluge and his brother is among some 40 Indian nationals reported missing.

The boy was taken to Badulla by representatives of John Keels, the island's largest business conglomerate, and handed over to representatives of the Indian high commission.

The other boy survivor of the tragedy is seven-year-old Arvind Sitaraman, who lost his parents and brother in the tragedy.

His relatives had arrived from Chennai to take him back home, Rao said.

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