27 Dec '14, 7am

Tears in Aceh as thousands remember victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Even as Indonesia and much of the world paused yesterday to remember those who perished when a devastating tsunami swallowed chunks of the North Sumatran coastline on Boxing Day 10 years ago, its survivors and leaders are determined to use its lessons to build a better future. Aceh was devastated by the 9.1-magnitude earthquake that began in the Indian Ocean early that Sunday morning, and yesterday, for about two hours, its bustling capital, Banda Aceh, paused to reflect on the 168,000 among the population of four million people who died. Flags were flown at half-mast and a solemn memorial was held at the Blang Padang field, where tens of thousands of bodies were strewn in the aftermath. Tears welled up in many eyes as a video presentation captured the plight of helpless victims amid their flattened homes. But such "painful memories" were not the only legacy of the tsunami...

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