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Issues and Challenges From Indian Ocean Tsunami

Written by  Maslina Daud, ABCP November 19, 2007

On Dec. 26, 2004, at 00.59 GMT, a 9.3 magnitude earthquake occurred on the seafloor near Aceh in northern Indonesia. This was followed by a series of earthquakes that caused a tsunami in the area of the western coast of North Sumatera, Andaman Islands and Nicobar Islands and swept over the South and Southeast Asia region reaching the shores of East Africa. Even though disasters tend to be localized events, this tsunami disaster proves otherwise. According to the BBC, this disaster which cost about 300,000 lives has affected many countries. Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Maldives were badly hit as highly-populated coastal areas were swept away by the giant waves. According to Gerhard Berz, a top risk researcher at Munich Re, the tsunami devastation has caused economic damage of more than $10 billion euros. In the aftermath, millions of victims faced not only losing households, livelihoods, and well-being but also increased

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