Saturday, January 22, 2005

Tsunami Damage Assessment

A report prepared by the World Bank and the government of Indonesia estimates property damage in Aceh and North Sumatra at $4.4 billion. The report was presented recently at a conference in Kobe, Japan. Among the other findings (pertaining only to Indonesia):
  • 700,000 people left homeless;
  • 37 percent of the 110,229 people killed (the official figure as of January 14) were under 18; 13 percent were infants;
  • 40,457 children lost at least one parent;
  • 80,000 small businesses that had provided income to 140,000 people were destroyed.

The Guardian reports the story here.