Kerry Dunstan

On the 26th December in 2004 a devastating tsunami worked the world. The events began just before 7 a. m. (midnight GMT Saturday) when a massive earthquake, 9. 0, the strongest in the world since 1964 struck just 100 miles off Ache’s coast. The tsunami swamped shores, villages, the jungle and Ache’s capital, Banda Ache, which was almost completely destroyed. Boats slammed into bridges and bodies were left lying on the streets or still buried beneath rubble left behind when the water subsided.

The tsunami left behind great devastation; hundreds of thousands of families have been torn apart and left homeless. Many are in shock at the situation forced upon them. People were left lost, confused and wondering how something so tragic could happen top them. Another great blow to families is that, it could take up to three months to have missing victims declared dead so their life-assurance policies could be paid out, a leading insurer said Great international support has been generated to aid physical construction and to try to ease pressure on hospitals.

In the aftermath of the tsunami, inpatients at the Meulaboh general hospital 500% but the staff was reduced by 80% through deaths and homelessness and medication causing immense problems. More than two months after the earthquake and tsunami, one of the most poignant sights in Meulaboh, Indonesia, is that of people scanning lists of tsunami survivors, still hoping to find missing loved ones. They arrive with hope in front of notices posted outside Meulaboh General Hospital, but most leave without closure.

In the wake of the tsunami the world woke to witness destruction unlike anything ever seen before. It is up to us to ensure that all is done to support those affected and reunite families. 2. Student newspaper On the 26th December in 2004 a devastating tsunami hit the east coast. Thousands of families, homes and businesses have been devastated. It is up to us to aid in support but what happens when we try hard and things go wrong? British volunteers travelling to Thailand to help victims of the tsunami are being tricked out of their money and identity documents in an Internet scam.

Young people are being lured by fake websites, then robbed of money and passports by fraudsters posing as charity workers who meet them on arrival in Thailand. Kerry Dunstan and a Manchester University friend flew to Thailand to work on a project rebuilding a fish farm close to the coastal village of Ban Nam Khem, where up to 3,000 people are believed to have died. “I saw the appeal for helpers on a website,” she said. “Both of us thought this project would help with our university course and so we signed up. It looked genuine.

It even had testimonies from supposedly other British volunteers and a telephone and e-mail address. Lots of organisations have sprung up here and it can be hard to tell which are genuine and which are not. Although this example is one of many it is not to say that an unaccountable amount of good work has been achieved. Thousands of people internationally have come together to attempt to create a silver lining. For students that want to volunteer try not to be discouraged by this article for there are many official organisations desperate for people that can help any way that they can.

Just ensure that you have done your research! 3. Sunday Times magazine A devastating tsunami hit the east coast on the 26th December of 2004. Hundreds of thousands of people are dead or missing presumed dead. The massive wave struck with no remorse taking whole cities with it. The western tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the closest inhabited area to the epicentre of the earthquake, was devastated by the tsunami. More than 70% of the inhabitants of some coastal villages are reported to have died.

The Asian Development Bank says 44% of people in the province of Aceh lost their livelihoods. Now it is up to international organisations and government to rebuild communities and effectively communicate all progress that is being made. It is essential that citizens are given positive reinforcement and hope for the future. The government estimates that reconstruction of Indonesia will cost $4. 5bn (i?? 2. 4bn) over the next three years. Donors are reported to have pledged $1. 7bn for this year.