The northern coast of Pottuvil is less populated than the south coast. You see almost no-one throughout the two hour drive to Ampara. But what you do notice is the destruction that was caused by the Tsunami. In many places, near the beach, you can see the ruined houses, and next to a new house there is a flag put up by international NGOs, Japanese or Canadian. You can also see newly built towns, constructed about 5 kilometers away from the sea. These villages are very controversial because people are fishermen, they have no cars, and yes, it had to be a little further from the sea for safety reasons, but now it's too far to go fishing! Some say that the aid was not particularly efficient in this respect.