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Indonesia: Nation marks 10 years since earthquake and tsunami disaster01:01

Indonesia: Nation marks 10 years since earthquake and tsunami disaster

Indonesia, Aceh
December 26, 2014 at 17:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Commemorations were held in the city of Aceh Friday to mark 10 years since a magnitude 9.3 earthquake and subsequent Tsunami devastated the region, claiming the lives of a total of 286,000 people.

Prayers and visits to mass graves took place across all affected countries with a special memorial ceremony held in Blang Padang, a park in Bande Aceh's city centre where hundreds gathered in a solemn silence to mourn the disaster that took place on 26 December 2004.

About $7.2 billion (€5.8 billion) was spent on the recovery in Indonesia, about two-thirds contributed by foreign governments and aid organisations. Organisers of the commemorations said they wished to thank donors who helped Aceh to rebuild.

Around 221,000 were killed or missing in Aceh alone, the city closest to the epicentre of the earthquake and where tsunami waves reaches as high as 35 metres. Half a million Indonesians were also displaced and almost 750,000 lost their jobs. Thousands were also killed in Sri Lanka, India and Thailand as the coastline of 14 countries was pummelled with giant waves with even hundreds of deaths caused as far away as Somalia.

Indonesia: Nation marks 10 years since earthquake and tsunami disaster01:01
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Commemorations were held in the city of Aceh Friday to mark 10 years since a magnitude 9.3 earthquake and subsequent Tsunami devastated the region, claiming the lives of a total of 286,000 people.

Prayers and visits to mass graves took place across all affected countries with a special memorial ceremony held in Blang Padang, a park in Bande Aceh's city centre where hundreds gathered in a solemn silence to mourn the disaster that took place on 26 December 2004.

About $7.2 billion (€5.8 billion) was spent on the recovery in Indonesia, about two-thirds contributed by foreign governments and aid organisations. Organisers of the commemorations said they wished to thank donors who helped Aceh to rebuild.

Around 221,000 were killed or missing in Aceh alone, the city closest to the epicentre of the earthquake and where tsunami waves reaches as high as 35 metres. Half a million Indonesians were also displaced and almost 750,000 lost their jobs. Thousands were also killed in Sri Lanka, India and Thailand as the coastline of 14 countries was pummelled with giant waves with even hundreds of deaths caused as far away as Somalia.