Boat that landed on a roof saved lives

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When the tsunami swept through Banda Aceh in Indonesia 10 years ago, the Basyariah family became trapped on the top floor of a house -- the water was up to their necks and rising fast. But they had an amazing escape when a boat landed on the roof.

Among the red roofs of the newly-built houses in Lampulo village there is an extraordinary sight: a huge fishing boat perched on top of two houses.

The 82-foot wooden vessel has become a popular attraction on the tsunami tourism trail because the impromptu ark saved 59 people's lives.

One of them is local businesswoman Fauziah Basyariah. "If it had not been for that boat we would all have drowned because none of us could swim," she told BBC News.