The tsunami
WHO/Dermot Tatlow
The tsunami
A resident walks through what is left of downtown Banda Aceh following the tsunami. In the early hours of the morning of 26 December 2004 a massive earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck in the Indian Ocean, West of northern Sumatra. The quake triggered a powerful tsunami which swept across the coasts of neighbouring countries causing serious damage and loss of life. More than five million people are affected in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Thailand, Seychelles, Myanmar. WHO is one of the first humanitarian agencies to respond. Banda Aceh, Indonesia