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The disaster has allowed disputes over Thai sea gypsies’ land to mushroom.
While Thailand’s tsunami early warning system was quickly put up after 2004, concerns remain about its ability to reach the correct people.
The aftermath saw an ongoing struggle to ‘get it right on the home front’ for Phuket’s local paper.
Mercy Malaysia’s Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood remains an unstoppable force in the humanitarian sector.
Some vibrancy has returned but many survivors are still preoccupied with just daily survival needs.
Geologists are striving to provide sound science so policy makers and people in vulnerable areas can make the right decisions.
If the Ruhunu Kumari had not been stuck at this Sri Lankan town, many residents may not have died.
Dec 26, 2004, saw unspeakable devastation unleashed upon the region – as well as a surge of human dedication and resilience.
AFTER the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, which claimed more than 35,000 lives in Sri Lanka and displaced 515,000 people, several areas of research into early warning systems emerged. One early, promising field fizzled out but other endeavours met with greater success.
The Thai village of Baan Nam Khem lost more than lives and houses – a community was broken, too.