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The Asian Tsunami: One Year After

The tsunami in Southeast Asia on Dec. 26, 2004 killed more than 220,000 people and left 570,000 people homeless. Here, DW-WORLD presents a collection of selected articles from the 12 months that followed.

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One year after the devastation, homes and lives are still being rebuilt

On Dec. 26, 2004, the day after many locals and foreign tourists had celebrated Christmas in locations across Asia, a magnitude 9.3 earthquake splintered the seabed off the coast of northwest Sumatra.

The second biggest earthquake in recorded history unleashed a devastating tsunami that traveled thousands of kilometers across the Indian Ocean, killing more than 220,000 people and leaving 570,000 people homeless in countries as far apart as Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Somalia.

A year later, thousands of victims are still missing, many others remain unidentified and the process of rebuilding lives, homes and hearts is continuing.

DW-WORLD brings you a selection articles that chronicle the seemingly impossible task of recovering from one of the world's most worst natural disasters.

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