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Asia marks tsunami 10 years on

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 02:19

Asia remembers the thousands killed by the Indian Ocean tsunami on the tenth anniversary of the disaster. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Indonesia was hit the hardest by the Indian Ocean tsunami ten years ago. This was their way of commemorating the 160, 000 or more who died in Aceh Province alone. These were the scenes in the immediate aftermath when the massive wave struck. The death toll rose day by day as bodies littered the streets and others were washed ashore. Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said Friday's ceremony was as much about the future as the past. (SOUNDBITE)(Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIA'S VICE-PRESIDENT JUSUF KALLA SAYING: "This commemoration ceremony is not only to pray for the victims and thank the people around the world but it is a time when we learn how to resolve the problem, as the lesson (from the tsunami) taught us how to resolve a complicated problem by uniting as one." The tsunami killed some 226, 000 people in 13 countries across Asia. This is the Thai fishing village of Ban Nam Khem which was decimated by the giant wave. Some 5,400 people were killed in Thailand, most of them in this area. They included about 2,000 foreign tourists. Almost 3,000 people are still missing. In the Indian state of Tamil Nadu hundreds march through the town of Vailankanni in memory of those they lost. Five members of Jamrood Nisha's Muslim family were among the dead. (SOUNDBITE) (Tamil) JAMROOD NISHA, A MUSLIM WOMAN WHO LOST FIVE OF HER FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE TSUNAMI, SAYING: "People of all religion were killed here here, my family members among them. We are praying so that everybody goes to heaven. They all died so suddenly and so unexpectedly.. God is great and now God has to take care of them in heaven" Across Asia all the affected communities have been remembering those whose lives were swept to oblivion by waves more than 17 metres high in places. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 is one of the worst disasters in human history. Ten years on, it remains the deadliest tsunami on record.

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Asia marks tsunami 10 years on

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 02:19