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Dec 26, 2014

The 2004 Tsunami Remembered

The 2004 Tsunami Remembered

On December 26th 2004 at 00:58:53 UTC a massive earthquake underneath the Indian Ocean started the chain of events that ended in the biggest natural disaster in our lifetime, The Indian Ocean Tsunami. 30 Metres high waves destroyed complete towns and communities in Indonesia, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka. and it is estimated that 230.000 people were killed in 14 countries. Anyone who saw the videos of that terrible day will never forget them.The sheer power and volume of water and debris coming ashore and crushing everything in it's way was frightening and spectacular. The images in this series show you the devastation right after the tsunami hit, but also what things are like now, 10 years later. WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES

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File photo of an Indian woman mourning the death of her relative killed in tsunami in Cuddalore ARKO DATTA/Reuters

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File photo of a man crying as he holds the hand of his eight-year-old son who was killed in a tsunami in Cuddalore ARKO DATTA/REUTERS

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A file aerial view of Marina beach after a tsunami hit the area in Madras BABU/REUTERS

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File photo of rescue workers standing near bodies washed ashore after tsunami hit Ton Sai Bay in Phi Phi island LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI/REUTERS

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File photo of a man reacting next to a building that was destroyed when a tsunami hit in Cuddalore, India ARKO DATTA/Reuters

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File photo of a Sri Lankan man crying as he carries the body of a relative to a hospital in Karapitiya THOMAS WHITE/REUTERS

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File photo of Muslims praying at grave of young girl buried on Kalmunai beach KIERAN DOHERTY/REUTERS

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File photo of a young Sri Lankan tsunami survivor looking at the camera in Thambiluvil ARKO DATTA/REUTERS

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File photo of Indonesians carrying bodies in the tsunami-ravaged town of Leupung ENNY NURAHENI/REUTERS

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File photo of an elephant carrying the body of a tsunami victim after discovering it in Takuapa district STRINGER/REUTERS

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File photo of an injured tourist being sent to a hospital after a tsunami hit Phuket CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM/Reuters

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File photo of Michael Will from England walking among ruins of his hotel after devastation caused by tidal waves in Phuket LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI/REUTERS

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File photo of women mourning during the burial of victims killed in a tsunami in Cuddalore ARKO DATTA/Reuters

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File photo of bodies of tsunami victims floating in the water near the Banda Aceh port DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS

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File photo of hundreds of corpses in a temple off the coast of Ban Muan ADREES LATIF/REUTERS

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File photo of a rose which was thrown into waters of Andaman Sea lying near footprints in Khao Lak ADREES LATIF/REUTERS

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File photo of an Acehnese woman covering her nose as she walks past thousands of dead bodies in the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

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File photo of tsunami survivors rushing for clothes and food donated by volunteer organisations in Cuddalore ARKO DATTA/REUTERS

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File photo of a Thai man searching for his relative amid hundreds of corpses in a temple off the coast of Ban Muan STRINGER/THAILAND/REUTERS

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File photo of a Sri Lankan woman sitting in front of her destroyed house in Kalmunai THOMAS WHITE/REUTERS

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File photo of a Buddhist monk looking at a wrecked train carriage in the town of Paraliya, Sri Lanka KIERAN DOHERTY/REUTERS

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File photo of Indonesian soldiers removing a body from the village of Simpang Lima near Banda Aceh DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS

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File photo of Thai health officials burying tsunami victims in masses at a burial site in Takuapa CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM/Reuters

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File photo of a man cycling along the flooded Karaitivu road in eastern Sri Lanka KIERAN DOHERTY/REUTERS

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File photo of a skull displaced from its coffin lying on the roadside in Sinnamunhattuvaram KIERAN DOHERTY/REUTERS

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File photo of tsunami refugees receiving supplies distributed by USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group in Krueng Raya YURIKO NAKAO/REUTERS

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File photo of Sri Lankan Muslims praying for an infant killed in the tsunami in Kalmunai ARKO DATTA/REUTERS

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File photo of a body of tsunami victim floating on a river in Lhok Nga the outskirts of the tsunami-hit city of Banda Aceh KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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File photo of an Acehnese child who survived a tsunami eating a sweet at a military hospital in the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh STRINGER/INDONESIA/REUTERS

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File photo of a picture of a missing Australian pegged to a tree on Thailand's Phi Phi island KIN CHEUNG/REUTERS

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A combination of satellite images shows the coast of Meulaboh in Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island on May 18, 2004 (L) and on January 7, 2005 after the Indian Ocean tsunami. At least 156,000 people were killed in the December 26, 2004 earthquake and tsunami -- 104,000 in Indonesia, more than 30,000 in Sri Lanka, 15,000 in India and more than 5,000 in Thailand. [Deaths were also reported in the Maldives, Myanmar, Bangladesh and several east African nations.] /

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A combination photo shows (TOP) a woman wandering around the rubble in the commercial center of the town of Galle, southern Sri Lanka, on January 30, 2005 after it was flattened by the Dec 26 tsunami, and (BOTTOM) a boy running with a ball in outside of a soccer field in Galle October 6, 2009. /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, on January 30, 2005 after it was flattened by the Dec 26 tsunami and a general view (BOTTOM) of a comercial area in Galle, south of Colombo October 6, 2009. /REUTERS

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Combination photo shows (top) damaged buses piled up in a town square in Galle, Sri Lanka December 27, 2004 and (bottom) a general view of the bus station in Galle, south of Colombo Octiber 6, 2009. /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 January 4, 2005, and (bottom) an Acehnese man walking in the same area in Banda Aceh, December 3, 2009. Though confusion sometimes reigned among many aid groups with varying agendas, they built more than 140,000 homes, 1,700 schools, 996 government buildings, 36 airports and seaports, 3,800 houses of worship, 363 bridges and 3,700 km of road, according to Indonesian reconstruction agency (BRR) data. Pictures taken January 4, 2005 and December 3, 2009. /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 January 2, 2005, and (bottom) Acehnese students walking on a jogging track in the same area of Blang Padang park in Banda Aceh, December 5, 2009. Though confusion sometimes reigned among many aid groups with varying agendas, they built more than 140,000 homes, 1,700 schools, 996 government buildings, 36 airports and seaports, 3,800 houses of worship, 363 bridges and 3,700 km of road, according to Indonesian reconstruction agency (BRR) data. Pictures taken January 2, 2005 and December 5, 2009. /REUTERS

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A combination photo shows (L) the bodies of victims in the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh the day after the December 27, 2004 tsunami hit, and the same view of Banda Aceh December 5, 2009. Though confusion sometimes reigned among many aid groups with varying agendas, they built more than 140,000 homes, 1,700 schools, 996 government buildings, 36 airports and seaports, 3,800 houses of worship, 363 bridges and 3,700 km of road, according to Indonesian reconstruction agency (BRR) data. Pictures taken December 27, 2004 and December 5, 2009. /REUTERS

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A combination photo shows (top) a view of the damage near Baiturrahman mosque December 27, 2004, the day after a tsunami hit the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, and (bottom) an Acehnese man collecting grass for his goat in the same area, December 4, 2009. Though confusion sometimes reigned among many aid groups with varying agendas, they built more than 140,000 homes, 1,700 schools, 996 government buildings, 36 airports and seaports, 3,800 houses of worship, 363 bridges and 3,700 km of road, according to Indonesian reconstruction agency (BRR) data. Pictures taken December 27, 2004 and December 4, 2009. To match feature TSUNAMI-ANNIVERSARY/ REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT ANNIVERSARY) - RTXRUTR /REUTERS

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A combination photo shows (top) Acehnese women searching for their missing relatives among tsunami victims in Banda Aceh in Indonesia's Aceh province on December 28, 2004, and a child riding his bicycle in front of a morgue in the same area, December 6, 2009. Though confusion sometimes reigned among many aid groups with varying agendas, they built more than 140,000 homes, 1,700 schools, 996 government buildings, 36 airports and seaports, 3,800 houses of worship, 363 bridges and 3,700 km of road, according to Indonesian reconstruction agency (BRR) data. Pictures taken December 28, 2004 and December 6, 2009. /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, December 29, 2004 and (bottom) an Acehnese worker sweeping the grass in the same area, December 3, 2009. Though confusion sometimes reigned among many aid groups with varying agendas, they built more than 140,000 homes, 1,700 schools, 996 government buildings, 36 airports and seaports, 3,800 houses of worship, 363 bridges and 3,700 km of road, according to Indonesian reconstruction agency (BRR) data. Pictures taken December 29, 2004 and December 3, 2009. /REUTERS

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A combination photo shows (top) survivors looking at the bodies of tsunami victims at the Baiturrahman mosque in Banda Aceh, December 29, 2004, and (bottom) Acehnese women praying in the same area, December 2, 2009. Though confusion sometimes reigned among many aid groups with varying agendas, they built more than 140,000 homes, 1,700 schools, 996 government buildings, 36 airports and seaports, 3,800 houses of worship, 363 bridges and 3,700 km of road, according to Indonesian reconstruction agency (BRR) data. Pictures taken December 29, 2004 and December 2, 2009. /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 December 28, 2004, and (bottom) an Acehnese worker sweeping a street in front of the Hotel Medan in the same area, December 5, 2009. Though confusion sometimes reigned among many aid groups with varying agendas, they built more than 140,000 homes, 1,700 schools, 996 government buildings, 36 airports and seaports, 3,800 houses of worship, 363 bridges and 3,700 km of road, according to Indonesian reconstruction agency (BRR) data. Pictures taken December 28, 2004 and December 5, 2009. /REUTERS

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A combination photo shows (top) the body of a tsunami victim beside a damaged building in Banda Aceh, January 5, 2005, and (bottom) Acehnese men sitting and eating corn in the same area, December 4, 2009. Though confusion sometimes reigned among many aid groups with varying agendas, they built more than 140,000 homes, 1,700 schools, 996 government buildings, 36 airports and seaports, 3,800 houses of worship, 363 bridges and 3,700 km of road, according to Indonesian reconstruction agency (BRR) data. Pictures taken January 5, 2005 and December 4, 2009. /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, December 29, 2004, and (bottom) a view of the same area, December 3, 2009. Though confusion sometimes reigned among many aid groups with varying agendas, they built more than 140,000 homes, 1,700 schools, 996 government buildings, 36 airports and seaports, 3,800 houses of worship, 363 bridges and 3,700 km of road, according to Indonesian reconstruction agency (BRR) data. Pictures taken December 29, 2004 and December 3, 2009. /REUTERS

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In this combo picture, debris is strewn at a hotel near the popular Patong beach in Phuket, Thailand December 29, 2004 after a tsunami slammed the coast (top) and foreign tourists enjoy the weather at the same hotel five years after, December 10, 2009. 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. To match feature TSUNAMI-ANNIVERSARY/THAILAND REUTERS/Kin Cheung (top) and Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: DISASTER ANNIVERSARY) - RTXRXCW /REUTERS

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In this combo picture, residents and tourists are seen standing in ankle-deep water in tsunami-hit entertainment district of Patong in Phuket (top) December 26, 2004 and the same street nearly five years after December 10, 2009. 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. /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 January 1, 2005 (top) and the same site nearly five years after, December 10, 2009. 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. /REUTERS

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In this combo picture, foreign tourists are seen as they stretcher an injured person along a destroyed beach on Phi Phi island December 26, 2004 (top) and the same site nearly five years after, December 11, 2009. /REUTERS

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In this combo picture, tourists are seen at a pier as they wait to be evacuated from the Phi Phi Islands, southern Thailand, December 27, 2004 after a tsunami swept through this famous tourist resort (top) and the same pier nearly five years after, December 11, 2009. 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. /REUTERS

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In this combo picture, tourists are seen outside a hotel as they wait to be evacuated from Phi Phi Island after giant waves swept through the tourist resort December 27,2004 (top) and the same site nearly five years after, December 11, 2009. 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. /REUTERS

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In this combo picture, a hotel in Thailand's Phi Phi island is seen after the tsunami January 3, 2005 (top) and the same hotel with tourist enjoying their holidays nearly five years after, December 11, 2009. 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. /REUTERS

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A combination photo shows (top) Sumith Lalantha (L) who lost his three sisters, and his wife Sriyani, standing January 2, 2005, 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, November 29, 2009. /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 January 2, 2005, and (bottom), a view of the same area, December 5, 2009. /REUTERS

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A visitor take pictures of the names of tsunami victims on the ceiling of the Aceh Tsunami Museum in Banda Aceh ANTARA FOTO/REUTERS

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A three-wheeler passes by an escape building for tsunami evacuees at the Deah Glumpang village in Banda Aceh ANTARA FOTO/REUTERS

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Hong Klathalay carries gear on his way to his fishing boat n Khao Lak DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Hong Klathalay carries gear to his fishing boat as he walks past a tree brought down by the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Foreign tourist walk on a small beach with fallen big trees and damage still visible from 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept almost 2 km inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A migrant fisherman from Myanmar prepares to go fishing on his small boat in Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Migrant fishermen from Myanmar clean equipment after returning from the ocean to Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Foreign tourists walk on a small beach with fallen trees and damage still visible from the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A pair of flip-flops are left on a small wooden boat that ferries villagers and tourists from Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A tourist enters the ocean in Khao Lak, Phang Nga province DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Tourists take a picture of themselves at Patong beach DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Tourists are seen at Patong beach DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Local people rest in hammocks in Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Soe, daughter of a fisherman from Myanmar rests in a hammock outside her family home in Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Manee, wife of an unemployed fisherman from Myanmar, prepares betel nuts after showing pictures of her children killed in the 2004 tsunami at her home in Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A son of a migrant fisherman from Myanmar rests in a hammock at a former shrimp warehouse where his family lives in Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A barber is reflected in a mirror as he cuts a customer's hair at his shop in Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A child is reflected in a mirror at barber's home n Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A worker paints flag poles at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem in Phang Nga province, about 110 km north of the resort island of Phuket DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A man looks into the Tsunami Victims Cemetery as a worker painting flag poles casts a shadow outside Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A memorial plaque is left at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Gravestones are seen at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery near the former identification centre outside Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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An open metal coffin is seen as a worker paints flag poles at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Dogs are seen at a crematorium at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A chair and urns are seen behind a crematorium at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A man who lives with his dogs at the former tsunami victims identification centre dismantles a wooden frame near Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A dog is seen behind stretchers on wheels at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Religious statues are seen at a spirit house at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Pictures of victims are seen at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A visitor walks on a wave-shaped tsunami monument in Ban Nam Khem DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Dense vegetation is seen around an abandoned hotel that was destroyed in the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Tourists walk behind a faded sign warning of tsunami hazard in Khao Lak DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Salawati, an Acehnese survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, talks to her customers in Jakarta PIUS ERLANGGA/REUTERS

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Salawati, an Acehnese survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, smiles as she speaks to her customers in Jakarta PIUS ERLANGGA/REUTERS

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