Wave by Sonali DeraniyagalaOn the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two young sons in the tsunami she miraculously survived. In this brave and searingly frank memoir, she describes those first horrifying moments and her long journey since. She has written an engrossing, unsentimental, beautifully poised account: as she struggles through the first months following the tragedy, furiously clenched against a reality that she cannot face and cannot deny; and then, over the ensuing years, as she emerges reluctantly, slowly allowing her memory to take her back through the rich and joyous life she’s mourning, from her family’s home in London, to the birth of her children, to the year she met her English husband at Cambridge, to her childhood in Colombo; all the while learning the difficult balance between the almost unbearable reminders of her loss and the need to keep her family, somehow, still alive within her.
Tsunami survivor's impossible story hits the big screen
She was petrified, alone and convinced she was dying — but in a miracle that inspired The Impossible, the mum and her family survived. Surrounded by her loving family as she relaxed by the pool on a dream holiday, Maria Belon felt she must be the luckiest woman in the world. Seconds later, Maria and her terrified husband and three sons were swept away by a ferocious 30ft wall of water that devoured everything in its path. Maria was horrifically wounded as she was dragged under water by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of Boxing Day She was petrified, alone and convinced she was dying — but in a miracle that has inspired new film The Impossible, the mum and her family survived. Moments before paradise was smashed to bits, Maria was on a lounger at the Orchid Resort Hotel in Thailand while her boys, Lucas, 10, Tomas, eight, and Simon, five, were playing nearby with their dad. The mum watched in horror as husband Quique Alvarez and their two youngest boys were submerged by the roaring mass of dark water that carried with it cars and the chalet the family had been staying in.
True story of The Impossible - Miracle survival of family who inspired tsunami movie. She was petrified, alone and convinced she was dying.
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On 26 December , a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra. The resulting series of tsunamis killed an estimated , people, mostly in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand, and displaced almost 1. The real family on whose experiences the film is based is Spanish.
Bayona and written by Sergio G. Two days later on Boxing Day , the massive tsunami inundates the area. Maria and Lucas eventually emerge from the swirling water and find one another, with Maria having sustained serious injuries to her leg and chest. They help a toddler, Daniel, from the wreckage and are soon found by locals who transfer them to a local hospital in the city of Takua Pa. Daniel is separated from them during the journey. At the hospital, Maria encourages Lucas to help others find their family members while she goes into surgery for her chest injuries.