Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Two Year Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Here are some more pictures of Aceh after the tsunami:



I worked in an area that was hard to get to, on the West Coast, half way between Meulaboh and Banda Aceh. At first the best way to get out there was by helicopter from Banda Aceh, then eventually by different modes road, boat, or helicopter) from Meulaboh, after the U.S. military and other nations' helicopters left. The last 60 or so miles took about 4 hours by road, when it was passable. Flooding was a problem.




I donated some good biology books to the Leuser International Foundation, they help manage and study the park in the Aceh interior, which is the last real refuge of the Sumatran tiger, orangutans, rhinos, etc. There are people out there too :) All of humanity has an interest in protecting the Gunung Leuser park from deforestation. Have you looked at satellite photos of that area recently? Before and after pics, of tsunami-effected areas, and inland areas where harvesting timber was accelerated for the rebuilding/recovery effort, and become of the peace deal, would be a good study for someone to take up.


Reliefweb.int has more information about the Indian Ocean tsunami and the really recent floods, acountability for tsunami reconstruction funds, etc. from multiple sources.

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