Moving Forward Post-Tsunami

Voices of the Vulnerable

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In response to the tsunami which hit eight Asian countries on 26 December 2004, a project was initiated to increase understanding of how this natural disaster had affected people who were particularly vulnerable due to social marginalization, disability status, age and gender. Studies were commissioned in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand and national workshops were organized in those countries. The reports, based on the studies and presented in this book, aim to offer an overview of the efforts that have been made to mitigate the suffering of those who were affected and particularly to assess progress towards assisting communities to restore livelihoods and move towards a sustainable long-term recovery.



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.


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