A man surveys damage wrought to boats in a fishing harbour in Tamil Nadu, India. The tsunami tidal waves have destroyed the livelihoods and economic foundation of many coastal communities. In addition to the human tragedy, fishers have lost their boats, fishing gear, support industries, while aquaculture installations have been damaged or lost. - - Many millions of farmers and fisher folk in coastal areas have been affected by the disaster. Fisheries and aquaculture are the sectors most seriously hit by the tsunami disaster with a devastating effect omostly small-scale fishers who are dependent on a daily fish catch for food and income. In addition, farm animals have been killed and crops have been washed away or are dying due to saltwater floods. Similarly, many water reservoirs and wells cannot be used due to saltwater and water pollution, while irrigation and drainage facilities have been destroyed.