MERCY Malaysia 10th Year Commemorative of the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Donations Officer

BACKGROUND

Indonesia, located in the “ring of fire” world geography, has the largest number of active volcanoes in the world. The Ring of Fire geography area is the result of the movement and interaction of the earth’s plates. It is the home of one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, with most of them located on the rings’ eastern edge. On the 26th December 2014, an undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 9 on the Richter scale occurred near the northern Indonesian island of Sumatra. It was the strongest earthquake in the world since the last 40 years. The epicentre of the earthquake was located about 250 km south-southwest of the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh. The undersea earthquake that triggered the tsunami as reported by the media resulted in at least 155,000 fatalities, 500,000 injuries and damages that exceeded $10 billion in cost. It was estimated that more than 5 million people had lost their homes and had limited access to food and clean water during the disaster. The Indian Ocean Tsunami travelled as far as 3,000 miles, affecting several countries including Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India as well as parts of the African continent.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

The year 2014 marked the 10th year commemoration of the Indian Ocean Tsunami that had claimed thousands of lives. As a remembrance of the tragedy, MERCY Malaysia organized activities to understand the level of resilience of the beneficiaries in Aceh 10 years post the tsunami disaster. MERCY Malaysia conducted a Disaster Risk Reduction training to provide an opportunity for school students to identify the risks and capacities at their school areas. This was a very good simulation exercise in the form of a field activity that prepared them for future disasters.

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