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Tuesday, 20 November 2007 00:34

Wave of Terror: Tsunami Causes World's Deadliest Disaster

Written by  Janette Ballman

Reconstruction in countries affected by the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami is expected to take years as areas recover from one of the deadliest and most damaging disasters ever. As of late February, the need for relief efforts in most countries was slowing and the rebuilding phase was becoming a priority. The tsunami, which affected 11 countries along the Indian Ocean, killed as many as 178,000 people. Combined with estimates of 26,000 to 142,000 missing in the region, more than 250,000 people may have perished in the disaster. The tsunami recovery is expected to cost between 10 and 12 billion dollars and take three to five years, said United Nation Assistant Secretary General Hafiz Pasha on Feb. 16. She estimated the recovery process would cost up to 10 times more than the initial relief efforts. “We are beginning to make a transition from the relief to the early recovery stage which will focus