On 26 December 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered the Indian Ocean Tsunami – one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.
The resulting tidal waves wiped out coastal communities and claimed more than 229,000 lives in 14 countries. Over 45,000 people were recorded as missing after the tsunami hit, and more than 1.7 million were displaced. Up to 5 million homes were swept away.
Plan was at the forefront of the response to the tsunami, focusing on the four countries hit hardest – India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Plan’s response focused on shelter, education, childcare, and early childhood development, protection, health, water and sanitation, livelihoods, and counselling and psychological support. The extent of each varied by country.