SITUATION: A magnitude 9.0 earthquake
on December 26, off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, triggered
massive tsunamis that affected several countries throughout South and Southeast
Asia and East Africa. Reliefweb and United States Agency for International
Development report 174,441 dead, 106,496 missing and 1,170,936 displaced.
The figures include Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Maldives, Malaysia,
Somalia, and the Seychelles.
On March 28, another large-scale earthquake
struck off the west coast of northern Sumatra's Nias Island (approximately