Damage from the Asian Tsunami of 26 December 2004
The Asian Tsunami of 26 December 2004 was one of Asia’s worst natural disasters. It claimed an estimated 260,000 lives and displaced more than 1.7 million people in 14 countries. India, Thailand and Sri Lanka were hard hit, but it was Indonesia that bore the brunt of the devastation. Rocked first by the powerful offshore earthquake, then engulfed by waves up to 30 meters high that raced inland, Aceh in northern Sumatra was virtually wiped off the map. At least 160,000 people died in and around Banda Aceh, the main city.
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Asian Tsunami of 2004: ADB’s Response and Lessons Learned: www.adb.org/news/features/asian-tsunami-2004-adb-s-respon...