PLAN RETURNS TO ACEH
Ten years after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami tore Aceh, Indonesia, apart, killing over 130,700 people and destroying 199,766 houses, child rights organisation Plan Ireland revisited the city to see how it’s rebuilt itself…
Banda Aceh, 2004
The tsunami caused devastation in the city of Banda Aceh. Looking out from Peunayong Bridge 10 years ago, all that could be seen was a mass of rubble.
Banda Aceh, 2014
Today, the city’s skyline has changed dramatically, while the river is once again a bustling commerce and trade hub. Debris has been cleared and lush vegetation lines the riverbank.
Meulaboh Road, 2004
Lamreh was all but flattened by the tsunami – it was previously one of the prime workshop areas, but only a handful of buildings survived.
Meulaboh Road, 2014
The Banda Aceh Meulaboh Road has now been widened, while many shops can be seen, dotted along it
Lambaro Neujid, 2004
When the road to Lambaro Neujid was destroyed by the tsunami, the community was cut off for two weeks. The people had lost everything.
Lambaro Neujid, 2014
Plan distributed much needed aid in the community, building an emergency health centre, elementary school and sanitary facilities in the wake of the disaster. Today, these buildings are still standing and have been put to good use – the health centre is now a nursery for young children.