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The deadly Indian Ocean tsunami that swept across coastlines on 26 December 2004 took the lives of more than 200 000 people. The sheer scale of the catastrophe meant that Earth Observation was vital both for damage assessment and for co-ordinating emergency activities. Through the year that followed, satellite-based maps from ESA's Respond consortium continued to support rebuilding efforts.
From atop the coconut tree where he fled to escape the onrushing water, Muhammad Yacob watched the tsunami turn his rice paddy into a briny, debris-strewn swamp. Nine months later, Yacob and his wife are harvesting their best-ever crop - despite fears that salt water had poisoned the land.
LEUPUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) - The first post-tsunami infrastructure project in Indonesia's Aceh province got underway on Thursday with the awarding of an initial contract for a $245 million U.S.-funded coastal road.
After a month scavenging planks from ruined villages in Indonesia's tsunami-hit Aceh province, former truck driver Muhari built a shack that he has turned into a coffee shop.
The United States is discussing with other nations a joint venture to develop an early-warning system to detect tsunamis in the Indian Ocean.
Cargo planes touched down with aid Wednesday, bearing everything from lentils to water purifiers to help survivors facing the threat of epidemic after this week's quake-tsunami catastrophe. The death toll across 12 nations has increased to more than 80,000.