BANDA ACEH, Indonesia

Nearly a decade and a half ago, All eyes were on Aceh as a 9.3-magnitude earthquake and a tsunami towering nine meters high devastated the country’s western coast on Dec. 26, 2004.

Based on figures from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the disaster killed more than 220,000 people in 14 countries, including Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Yemen and Bangladesh.

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