Tsunami's devastation: Numbers tell the tale

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Posted: Dec 26, 2009 5:38 AM

On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive undersea earthquake off Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 14 Asian and African countries.

The quake:

_ Unleashed energy equivalent to 550 million Hiroshima atomic explosions.

_ Left more than 1.7 million homeless

_ Caused damage estimated at $10 billion.

_ Drew more than $13 billion in international aid. More than 700 groups aided reconstruction in Indonesia's Aceh province, the hardest-hit area.

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INDONESIA

_ Deaths: 167,540, more than half the total.

_ Houses destroyed: 170,000.

_ Houses rebuilt: 140,000.

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SRI LANKA

_ Deaths: 34,400.

_ Houses destroyed: 119,562.

_ Houses rebuilt: 112,543.

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INDIA

_ Deaths: 14,627.

_ Houses destroyed or damaged: 85,000.

_ Houses rebuilt: 70,000.

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THAILAND

_ Deaths: 8,324.

_ Houses destroyed: 3,615.

_ Houses damaged: 3,209.

_ Houses rebuilt: more than 3,000.

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Sources: United Nations and governments of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.