Andaman Islands: Tsunami

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Dec '04

Sri Lanka

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In 2004 an undersea earthquake occurred off the coast of the Tsunami Islands. With an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra the earthquake caused a series of devastating tsunamis' along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing more than 225,000 people in many countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 meters (100 feet) high. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. 

Khalsa Aid launched the relief mission within hours of the Tsunami. A shipment containing tons of flour, lentils, salt and onions was dispatched along with hundreds of mosquito nets and mosquito repellents.

Many other islands were also very badly hit, Khalsa Aid established a strong presence on Hut Bay and operated a warehouse of building materials for the people trying to rebuild their homes. There was also economic aid for people who lost their livelihoods, for example dozens of sewing machines were distributed to the tailors so that they could restart their business and make a living for their families. 


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