Ten years ago today, the Indian Ocean Tsunami wreaked havoc in coastal communities from Southeast Asia to East Africa. In Indonesia, more than 160,000 people died and 500,000 were left homeless. Those who survived the overwhelming wave watched as their homes, shops, boats, places of worship and schools disappeared.
The magnitude of destruction resulted in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from people across the United States – many of whom were spending the holidays with their families when heartbreaking news of the tsunami reached their homes. The American Red Cross has spent a decade harnessing this goodwill by helping families and communities rebuild from one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. Today, people are living with enthusiasm and hope for the future.
The American Red Cross joined more than 40 other Red Cross and Red Crescent societies to help people recover from the tsunami in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, the Maldives, Myanmar, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand.