Dec. 26 marks the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history: a tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off the Indonesian coast, that left more than 230,000 people dead in 14 countries and caused about $10 billion in damage. Here are the stories The Associated Press plans in the days leading up to the anniversary:
BEGINNING DEC. 17:
— TSUNAMI-LASTING IMAGES: Ten journalists who covered the tsunami share their thoughts on the images that have stuck with them the most. Their stories, ranging from 190 to 310 words, and accompanying photos moved individually from Dec. 17 through Dec. 26, and were combined Dec. 26 into a single 2,000-word file.
SUNDAY, DEC. 21:
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland. Driving in the remade communities today, it’s easy to wonder where it all went. Some of it is still there — recycled into road materials, buildings and furniture. Some of it was burned, creating new environmental hazards. And most of it simply washed out to sea. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 770 words, photos.
— TSUNAMI-BY THE NUMBERS: Key figures describing the tsunami and its aftermath. SENT: 380 words.
MONDAY, DEC. 22:
SEINT PAING VILLAGE, Myanmar — May Aye Nwe was buried at a cemetery in southern Thailand soon after the tsunami, along with 400 other unclaimed victims of the disaster. In a Myanmar village, her mother went nearly a decade thinking she had simply been lost at sea. An Associated Press investigation helped track down two families who didn’t know their loved ones were laid to rest at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery — families now finally able to say goodbye. By Jocelyn Gecker and Jerry Harmer. SENT: 1000 words, photos, video.
TUESDAY, DEC. 23:
TSUNAMI-MOSQUES AS REFUGE
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — In neighborhood after neighborhood along the coast of Banda Aceh, the Indian Ocean tsunami took virtually everything — except the mosques. For those who found refuge in the houses of worship in this almost exclusively Muslim region, their lifesaving role has not been forgotten. SENT: 400 words, photos, video by Andi Jatmiko.
TSUNAMI-A LOOK BACK-PHOTO GALLERY
UNDATED — Twenty images from across the region taking in the aftermath of the tsunami. SENT: 80 words, photos.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24:
TSUNAMI-A FAMILY REBORN
MEULABOH, Indonesia — Jamaliah and Septi Rangkuti have something many other parents who survived the Indian Ocean tsunami can only dream of: their family reunited. They lost their young son and daughter in the disaster, but in the past six months both have come home. Some question whether the children truly belong to the couple, and no DNA test has been conducted, but that has not quenched the family’s belief that they were brought back together by God. By Margie Mason. SENT: 2,400 words, photos. A 1,600-word abridged version is available.
TSUNAMI-THEN AND NOW: A series of before and after images looking back at areas devastated by the 2004 tsunami. Available in the interactives/2014/tsunami-ten-years-later/ folder.
FRIDAY, DEC. 26:
KHAO LAK, Thailand — Beachside memorials and religious services are held across Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history’s worst natural disasters. SENT: 350 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 500 words by 0800GMT.