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Before-And-After Pictures: The Scars of Indian Ocean Tsunami

World | Reuters | December 26, 2017, 8:46 am
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 In this combo picture, debris is strewn at a hotel near the popular Patong beach in Phuket, Thailand after a tsunami slammed the coast (top) and foreign tourists enjoy the weather at the same hotel five years after. As the world prepares to mark the fifth anniversary of the tsunami that killed 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries, scars have yet to heal even after homes have been rebuilt, tourists have returned and foreign aid has ended. (Image: Reuters)

In this combo picture, debris is strewn at a hotel near the popular Patong beach in Phuket, Thailand after a tsunami slammed the coast (top) and foreign tourists enjoy the weather at the same hotel five years after. As the world prepares to mark the fifth anniversary of the tsunami that killed 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries, scars have yet to heal even after homes have been rebuilt, tourists have returned and foreign aid has ended. (Image: Reuters)

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 In this combo picture, residents and tourists are seen standing in ankle-deep water in the Tsunami-hit entertainment district of Patong in Phuket (top) December 26, 2004, and the same street nearly five years after December 10, 2009. (Image: Reuters)

In this combo picture, residents and tourists are seen standing in ankle-deep water in the Tsunami-hit entertainment district of Patong in Phuket (top) December 26, 2004, and the same street nearly five years after December 10, 2009. (Image: Reuters)

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 A combination photo shows (top) an Acehnese man walking past a ship washed ashore by the tsunami in Banda Aceh, and (bottom) an Acehnese worker sweeping a street in front of the Hotel Medan in the same area. (Image: Reuters)

A combination photo shows (top) an Acehnese man walking past a ship washed ashore by the tsunami in Banda Aceh, and (bottom) an Acehnese worker sweeping a street in front of the Hotel Medan in the same area. (Image: Reuters)

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 A combination photo shows (top) bodies of tsunami victims floating in the water near the city port of Banda Aceh, and (bottom) a view of the same area. (Image: Reuters)

A combination photo shows (top) bodies of tsunami victims floating in the water near the city port of Banda Aceh, and (bottom) a view of the same area. (Image: Reuters)

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 In this combo picture, a Thai woman is seen collecting items from the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in Patong Beach on the Thai resort island of Phuket (top) and the same site nearly five years after. (Image: Reuters)

In this combo picture, a Thai woman is seen collecting items from the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in Patong Beach on the Thai resort island of Phuket (top) and the same site nearly five years after. (Image: Reuters)

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 A combination photo shows (TOP) a man wandering around the rubble in the commercial centre of the town of Galle, southern Sri Lanka after it was flattened by the Dec 26 tsunami and a general view (BOTTOM) of a commercial area in Colombo. (Image: Reuters)

A combination photo shows (TOP) a man wandering around the rubble in the commercial centre of the town of Galle, southern Sri Lanka after it was flattened by the Dec 26 tsunami and a general view (BOTTOM) of a commercial area in Colombo. (Image: Reuters)

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 A combination photo shows (top) Indonesian soldiers removing the body of a 2004 tsunami victim near a mosque in Banda Aceh, on the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and (bottom), a view of the same area. (Image: Reuters)

A combination photo shows (top) Indonesian soldiers removing the body of a 2004 tsunami victim near a mosque in Banda Aceh, on the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and (bottom), a view of the same area. (Image: Reuters)

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 A combination photo shows (top) Sumith Lalantha (L) who lost his three sisters, and his wife Sriyani, standing, in the ruins of their house in Kathaluwa which was devastated by the 2004 tsunami, and (bottom) a family walking past new homes at a development in Kathaluwa, built for families who lost homes in the 2004 tsunami. (Image: Reuters)

A combination photo shows (top) Sumith Lalantha (L) who lost his three sisters, and his wife Sriyani, standing, in the ruins of their house in Kathaluwa which was devastated by the 2004 tsunami, and (bottom) a family walking past new homes at a development in Kathaluwa, built for families who lost homes in the 2004 tsunami. (Image: Reuters)

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 A combination photo shows (top) rescue workers removing a body of a tsunami victim from the compound of the Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh and (bottom) an Acehnese worker sweeping the grass in the same area. (Image: Reuters)

A combination photo shows (top) rescue workers removing a body of a tsunami victim from the compound of the Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh and (bottom) an Acehnese worker sweeping the grass in the same area. (Image: Reuters)

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 A combination photo shows (top) an Acehnese man walking on debris from the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in the provincial Indonesian capital of Banda Aceh, and (bottom) an Acehnese man walking in the same area in Banda Aceh. (Image: Reuters)

A combination photo shows (top) an Acehnese man walking on debris from the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in the provincial Indonesian capital of Banda Aceh, and (bottom) an Acehnese man walking in the same area in Banda Aceh. (Image: Reuters)

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 A combination of satellite images shows the coast of Meulaboh in Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island (L) before and after the tsunami. (Image: Reuters)

A combination of satellite images shows the coast of Meulaboh in Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island (L) before and after the tsunami. (Image: Reuters)