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Indian Ocean Tsunami: 10 years on

  • Students learn how to put on life jackets during disaster risk reduction training in Thailand

    Students learn how to put on life jackets during disaster risk reduction training in Thailand

  • In Thailand, students learn how to use life jackets and receive basic first aid training while the teachers learn how to use the emergency radio.

    In Thailand, students learn how to use life jackets and receive basic first aid training while the teachers learn how to use the emergency radio.

  • In India,  child care centres were set up in order to provide children with a place to recover psychologically

    In India, child care centres were set up in order to provide children with a place to recover psychologically

  • Through the

    Through the "Pictures for Life" social equity audit, children surveyed more than 700 people, learning the importance of fair distribution of relief assistance, transparency and accountability.

  • In Sri Lanka, a child's drawing shows the community working together to rebuild their village following the 2004 tsunami

    In Sri Lanka, a child's drawing shows the community working together to rebuild their village following the 2004 tsunami

  • Children from a primary school in Sri Lanka with their Happy/Sad Letterbox

    Children from a primary school in Sri Lanka with their Happy/Sad Letterbox

  • In Indonesia, a teacher helps tsunami-affected children in Aceh create a 'space for memory'

    In Indonesia, a teacher helps tsunami-affected children in Aceh create a 'space for memory'

On December 26, 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered the Indian Ocean Tsunami that wiped out coastal communities and claimed more than 229,000 lives in 14 countries. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.

Plan was one of the organisations at the forefront of the response to the tsunami, focusing on the 4 countries hit hardest by the tsunami - India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Raising more than $49.1 million, Plan supported direct emergency relief, but also concentrated on supporting long-term rehabilitation and recovery from the disaster, working for years following the immediate response.

Plan also worked with over 130 partners in the 4 countries, including community-based and non-governmental organisations, as well as United Nations and government agencies.

Plan’s response focussed on shelter, education, childcare, and early childhood development, protection, health, water and sanitation, livelihoods, and counselling and psychological support. The extent of each varied by country.

Key numbers

Plan supported more than 1 million survivors through our immediate relief and long-term recovery projects.

Response at a glance

  • India: 300,000 people assisted by Plan
  • Indonesia: 260,000 people assisted by Plan
  • Sri Lanka: 450,000 people assisted by Plan
  • Thailand: 20,000 people assisted by Plan

The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami:

  • Total deaths: 229,000+, 45,000+ missing
  • 1.7 million displaced
  • Up to 5 million homes destroyed
  • Estimated international aid: US$7 billion

 

Plan’s response:

  • Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand & India
  • Total funding US$49.1 million
  • Total beneficiaries: 1,030,258
  • Key programmes: education, housing, water and sanitation, livelihoods and child protection.

Case studies

Rebuilding livelihoods with culture and tradition

Rebuilding livelihoods with culture and tradition

Assisted by Plan Thailand’s livelihood and skills training programme, several tsunami survivors in the Moken community have now established an ecotourism operation near the tourist resort of Khao Lak.