"Remarkable transformation" in Aceh 10 years after tsunami

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A bird's eye view of Banda Aceh as taken from the minaret of the city's Grand Mosque. 10 years after the devastating tsunami, the city has risen from the ruins. Photo: Dru Maasepp.

An Indonesian city and province has undergone a "remarkable transformation" ten years after it was hit by a tsunami, according to a spokesperson for the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The tsunami that struck Indonesia and other countries in the Indian Ocean region on 26 December 2004 was a major natural disaster that prompted an unprecedented international relief effort.

The UN estimates that 230,000 people were killed in 15 countries across the region.

Tomi Soetjipto says at the time, the city of Banda Aceh was in ruins, describing it as a "sea of debris".

He tells Jocelyne Sambira that the city has been rebuilt and is "back in business".

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