A boy who went missing when a deadly tsunami hit Sri Lanka in 2004 has been tracked down by his mother after years of search. The young man is now 21 years old.
The scavenger hunt took place in the eastern part of the country, police reported today.
The boy, identified as Akram Rizkhan, was 5 years old when the tsunami devastated his village of Karativu, 367 km east of the capital, on December 26.
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Adopted boy after tsunami
The child was initially admitted to a hospital in the area and then adopted by a family, the boy’s mother said.
“I searched for my son for years, but could not find him. I appealed to the president and sought help from the police, ”his mother told reporters after the reunification.
She eventually received information that her son had been adopted and came into contact with the family. After a DNA test was performed, the mother was reunited with her son.
The tsunami left more than 38,000 dead in Sri Lanka and caused massive damage to coastal villages in the eastern, southern and western provinces. Across Southeast Asia, about 230,000 people were killed by the tidal waves.
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