In Sri Lanka, fishers suffer as sea erosion destroys homes and beaches

Dilrukshan Kumara looks at the ocean as he stands by the remains of his family’s home in Iranawila, Sri Lanka, Thursday, June 15, 2023. Much like the hundreds of other fishing hamlets that dot the coastline, the village of Iranawila suffers from coastal erosion. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

IRANAWILA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Ranjith Sunimal Fernando now has a shell of a home at the edge of Sri Lanka’s coast, lost to the sea. Waves lap past the broken walls into damaged, empty rooms.