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On December 26, 2004, millions of people from Southeast Asia to East Africa experienced one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. In a matter of minutes, the tsunami killed more than 230,000 people, and millions more watched as their homes, shops, boats, places of worship and schools disappeared into an inconceivably powerful wave.
The magnitude of destruction caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami resulted in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from donors worldwide.
On December 26, 2004, the world witnessed one of the deadliest natural disasters in recent history. Leaving hundreds of thousands dead and destroying homes, schools and livelihoods in more than a dozen countries, the tsunami left millions in Asia and East Africa with shattered lives and the challenge of recovery for decades to come.
While the tsunami left inconceivable death, destruction and suffering in its wake, it also prompted unparalleled human kindness and generosity. In the United States and worldwide, public concern for tsunami survivors was overwhelming.