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Tsunami + 10 in Places Journal – How does “recovery” begin and when does it end?

December 21, 2014

Earlier this year I wrote a blog post regarding a visit I and fellow MIT researchers Professor Lawrence Vale and Dr. Shomon Shamsuddin made to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, to assess the state of rebuilding ten years after the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Our article on this visit, exploring the ways in which housing is a critical part of post-disaster recovery and urban resilience, has been published in Places Journal. Please check it out!

View from an Escape Building in Gampong Lambung in Banda Aceh, with another one in the distance. Photo by Lawrence Vale.

View from an Escape Building in Gampong Lambung in Banda Aceh, with another one in the distance. Photo by Lawrence Vale.

Here’s a selection of some the most powerful 10-years-after news stories, focused on Banda Aceh and beyond:
UNICEF looks back at its humanitarian relief efforts, and new schools and health care facilities
Both the Guardian and the Washington Post offer poignant photographic portraits of present day conditions
A BBC reporter is reacquainted with a young woman he first met as a 11 year old girl in 2004
PBS Newshour describes how the 2004 disaster changed the way we track, model, and warn about tsunamis
UN takes a broader look at disaster preparedness in the region
The Diplomat magazine goes back to Ulee Lheue, in Banda Aceh, “ground zero”
The Independent asks a puzzling question: where did all the rubble go?
The Telegraph offers the classic split screen then-and-now
“Snapshots of a Tragedy,” on AsiaOne
Did the 4-year rebuilding phase in Banda Aceh do enough to rebuild livelihoods, asks The Age
Critique of post-Tsunami government bureaucracy and lack of attention to economic development in Aceh, from AsiaOne

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