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Countries affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami
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Asian tsunami kills 12,, many more homeless Agencies Updated: More than 12, people were killed and tens of thousands left homeless after a powerful undersea earthquake unleashed giant tsunami waves that crashed into the coasts of south and southeast Asia. The 8. The world's biggest earthquake in 40 years hit southern Asia on December 26, , unleashing a tsunami that crashed into Sri Lanka and India, drowning thousands and swamping tourist isles in Thailand and the Maldives. Aid agencies rushed staff, equipment and money to the region, warning that bodies rotting in the water were already beginning to threaten the water supply for survivors. Rescue workers also spoke of bodies still caught up on trees after being flung inland by the waves.
Shaped like an eyelid in a halo of azure water, the tiny Indian Ocean island of Dhuvaafaru in the Maldives is a fresh-minted community that has been transplanted to the Raa atoll. Clinics, schools and roads have all been built from scratch. Its homes, all newly peopled, are the legacy of tragedy on a vast scale: 's Boxing Day tsunami.
On 26 December , an earthquake off the western coast of northern Sumatra, measuring 9. The tsunami had an overwhelming human and physical impact. An estimated , persons were killed and a further 43, are still missing. Some 1.