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Sri Lanka

The tsunami that unexpectedly devastated almost two-thirds of the coast of Sri Lanka on 26 December 2004 had a horrendous impact on the lives of people in the coastal areas of northern, eastern, southern and western, and to a lesser extent, the north western provinces of the country. The scale of losses and damage was unprecedented in recent history. Around 40,000 lives were lost, which included persons missing and presumed be dead. Over 20,000 persons were injured, approximately 500,000 persons and over 250,000 families were displaced from their homes, and over 1,000 children were orphaned. Thousands sought refuge immediately in schools and places of worship, which were transformed into camps or welfare centers.

Sustainable Development Goals:
Countries: Sri Lanka
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