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Photographs of Asian Tsunami Aftermath

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 Posted: 05:39 PM JST [SLIDE SHOW]

Almost immediately after the tsunami of December 26 2005 laid waste to huge areas of Asia I packed my bags to report on the aftermath. During my ten days in Sri Lanka and ten days in Indonesia, with a short three day stay in Thailand to get a visa, I visited some of the most devastated towns and villages.

The damage was incomprehensible, the courage and strength of the survivors astonishing.

The headlines screamed of the hundreds of thousands that perished. What was even more newsworthy, but never made it into a headline, was the incredibly large number of people that managed to survive. These photographs mostly tell their story.

WARNING: Some of these images are extremely graphic.

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