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Scale of disaster

The tsunami claimed a total of 300,000 lives when it struck on 26 December.

It hit several countries around the Indian Ocean.

The worst affected of these was the northern Sumatran province of Bande Aceh which was closest to the epicentre.

Other countries that suffered the effects of the tsunami include Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Maldives, Myanmar and Bangladesh, and, on the other side of the Indian Ocean, Somalia, Tanzania, and Kenya.

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