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  Sri Lankan women swimmers 15 June 2005  
Learning to swim for the first time in their lives

The Tsunami which swept across the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day of last year took the lives of more than two hundred and fifty thousand people. In the months that followed it also emerged that more women had perished than men - up to four times as many in some cases.

One of the reasons for this was that many of the women simply couldn't swim. In one part of southern Sri Lanka women are now being given the opportunity to learn to swim for the first time in their lives. A British swimming teacher has been offering free lessons in the district of Weligama where over four hundred people lost their lives. 

Tom Parker reports.

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