Indian Ocean Tsunami: Disaster Response–An Overview

At 8:57am December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.15 earthquake off the coast of Indonesia created unprecedented devastation in the form of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history, with deaths occurring in 15 countries. Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Thailand were among the hardest hit.

Operation USA received over $4 million in donations from private citizens, corporations and foundations. Over $12 million more in products and transportation was also donated. Operation USA’s extensive experience in Asia resulted in quickly mobilizing partners on the ground.

Projects were funded in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and India. The scope of work ranged from providing emergency supplies such as water purification, medical aid and shelter materials to longer-term recovery projects that included building health centers, giving livelihood grants, as well as making the commitment to rebuild an entire Sri Lankan fishing village.

Operation USA remains an active and dedicated part of the long-term recovery process, and numerous projects continue in a large number of these communities.