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Indian Ocean tsunami



Tsunami recovery operation

Tsunami recovery operation

Overview of Red Cross Red Crescent assistance 2004-2013

Publications and reports

Publications and reports

Good practice and lessons learned from the tsunami operation.

Affected Countries

Affected Countries

The tsunami caused destruction across the Indian Ocean from Sri Lanka to Somalia.

Beneficiary stories

Beneficiary stories

More than 4,807,000 people received assistance from the Red Cross Red Crescent movement. ...

Photo galleries

Photo galleries 2004-2012

Collections of photographs taken from the tsunami operation.

Financial overview

Financial overview

Most recent figures from the tsunami operations.


Did you know?

The tsunami led to the foundation of 187th Red Cross Red Crescent society. In November 2011 the Maldivian Red Crescent was formerly admitted to the movement. The process of forming the new National Society began in the wake of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which affected over 27,000 people in the Maldives. These low-lying islands will be among the most threatened territories should sea levels rise significantly. 
As the Maldives are best known as one of the most popular diving spots in the world, the Maldivian Red Crescent provides first aid training for boat owners and diving schools. Its 700 volunteers have also been at the forefront in public health campaigns. The National Society is also working with the government on disaster preparedness and response.


Video

Video collection

The tsunami operation was featured several times. See a playlist of videos covering all aspects of the operation - from shelter to building back better, from the emergency phase to longterm recovery, from first aid to health, from Sri Lanka to the Maldives. 

Financial presentation

Explore this interactive piece of geography and travel through the assistance in numbers. Find out what was rebuild and constructed in the affected countries from India to Sri Lanka. 
Houses, hospitals, schools and even whole communities got a new life.

24/12/2004

On 26 December 2004, a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra created a tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean. Almost 230,000 people lost their lives across 14 countries.

Millions of people around the world watched in horror as the aftermath of the biggest single natural disaster in living memory unfolded on their television screens. In its wake came extraordinary generosity. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has channelled public donations into recovery programmes that have supported
over 8 million people across the four worst-affected countries - Indonesia,the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

The tsunami operation

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