ERTR Annual Report 2007
The earthquake and tsunami disaster of 26 December 2004 devastated the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, notably the province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD). The subsequent earthquake disaster of March 2005 caused additional damage in Aceh, as well as on Nias island of North Sumatra Province. These disasters affected coastal populations, property and land along a 500 kmlong and 2.6 km-wide stretch of Aceh'swest and north coasts. They also claimed the lives of more than 130,000 people, with at least 30,000 listed as missing. In addition to the tsunami, Aceh endured almost 30 years of recurrent armed conflict, undermining efforts to achieve sustainable development and progress.