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Tsunami Section

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The most powerful earthquake in 40 years erupted under the Indian Ocean near Sumatra on Dec. 26, 2004. It created a tsunami of giant, deadly waves to crash ashore in nearly a dozen countries, killing tens of thousands and destroying millions of dollars in property and livlihoods. Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia all faced significant damage and immense recovery needs. Multiple NGO's as well as the UN and outside states such as the US and European Nations offered help.

You will need to research the disaster as well as the ways in which various states, NGOs, IGOs and even individuals aided the recovery effort. What approach was most successful? Where does the power to address global disasters lie?

Introductory background from news media:

The BBC devoted an entire section of to collecting various information about the disaster.

NPR in the US also collected great information as well as doing a series on the disaster one year later. In the right hand border of the website is also a link to IGOs and NGOs working in the area.

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What were the various NGOs operating in the region and what did they accomplish? How should we evaluate their efficacy? The following links should give you a place to start with this question.

Global Policy Forum reprinted an article trying to evaluate the role of NGOs in treating disasters. Greenpeace has information on how it sees NGOs serving the world Save the Children's website talks about the disaster and the needs its serves


The UN maintains a site to update people on all its efforts in disaster relief. For the specifics on the tsunami go to: UN on tsunami.

The regional IGO, ASEAN, also attempted to address the recovery needs of the area. Their report is available on-line.