Humanitarian Health Action

Three months after the Indian Ocean earthquake-tsunami: photo essay

Health consequences and WHO's response

WHO would like to thank all of you who contributed - cash and/or in kind - to its relief operation in countries affected by the Tsunami. The report below is intended to highlight WHO's work made possible through your generosity.

In the early hours of the morning of Sunday 26 December 2004 a massive earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck the west of northern Sumatra. The quake triggered a powerful tsunami that swept the coasts of neighbouring countries and causing serious damage and loss of life. At least five million people were affected in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Thailand, Maldives, Seychelles, Myanmar. The death toll exceeded 280,000 people, and more than one million persons were displaced as a result of the destruction.

Three months after the Indian Ocean earthquake-tsunami report

The focus is on planning for the longer-term rehabilitation of the health systems.

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