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Asian tsunami 2004: A timeline

227,000 people were killed by the tsunami, including these girls' mother. They now live in a new SOS Children's Village in India, built for tsunami orphans.
227,000 people were killed by the tsunami, including these girls' mother. They now live in a new SOS Children's Village in India, built for tsunami orphans.

10 years ago today, a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that spread to Asian shores. Waves reached 10m, and devastated communities in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and as far as East Africa.

SOS Children responded immediately. In the early months, our effort reached 23,000 people. In the years after, we opened six new SOS Children's Villages for tsunami orphans, built more than 2000 family houses, and provided 300 fishing boats. In the interactive timeline below, see how events unfolded.

10 years on

The Boxing Day tsunami hit Asian coasts 10 years ago. Look back at the disaster and the healing process that followed through photos and survivors' stories:

  • Meet the survivors: Meet Ishan, Putri and other SOS children who survived the tsunami and are enjoying a happy, healthy childhood thanks to our supporters

Thank you

We were able to raise $60 million for the tsunami aid effort, thanks to our generous supporters. Without you, none of this would have been possible. 

Did you know you can sponsor a child in one of the Children's Villages opened after the tsunami? Many children living in these Villages lost parents or were separated from their family by the tsunami. They now get the chance of a new life and a loving family home.

In Indonesia

In India

In Thailand

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