Ten years after Asia tsunami, Aceh "builds back better"

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An aerial view of the vast destruction of the Indonesian coast, between the towns of Banda Aceh and Meulaboh, caused by the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Ten years after a tsunami which claimed around 200,000 lives across Asia, one of the worst affected regions has in the words of the UN "built back better."

Aceh in I ndonesia, bore the brunt of the massive tidal wave that swept across Asian waters as far as East Africa on 26 December 2004.

It is thought that 170,000 died in Aceh.

The UN Development Programme, UNDP, has been at the forefront of the reconstruction and rehabilitation effort in the province.

It has supported disaster risk reduction plans including the creation of a tsunami early warning system and the establishment of provincial and district disaster agencies.

The agency said the international community has helped to rebuild a stronger Aceh, one which is more resilient to disasters, but also one with a stronger provincial government.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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