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10 years on, lessons of Asian tsunami hit by ‘disaster amnesia’

PHUKET, Thailand: Ten years after the deadliest tsunami on record wrought destruction across the Indian Ocean, creeping complacency is undermining a hi-tech warning system designed to prevent another disaster of such shocking magnitude.

A special type of tourism

Meulaboh, one of the hardest hit areas in Aceh, wants to encourage tourism — but not just your typical beach tourism.

Devastating after effects continue for the Moken

The disaster has allowed disputes over Thai sea gypsies’ land to mushroom.

Rebuilding lives, restarting communities

Two organisations that stepped up to the plate explain how they helped put lives back on track.

Surge in media responsibility

The aftermath saw an ongoing struggle to ‘get it right on the home front’ for Phuket’s local paper.

A world without warning

While Thailand’s tsunami early warning system was quickly put up after 2004, concerns remain about its ability to reach the correct people.

In the eye of the storm

Mercy Malaysia’s Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood remains an unstoppable force in the humanitarian sector.

Aceh, a decade on

Some vibrancy has returned but many survivors are still preoccupied with just daily survival needs.

Bracing for the next killer wave

Geologists are striving to provide sound science so policy makers and people in vulnerable areas can make the right decisions.

The train tragedy at Peraliya

If the Ruhunu Kumari had not been stuck at this Sri Lankan town, many residents may not have died.