It was , the day after Christmas , and thousands of European and American tourists had flocked to the beaches of Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to escape the winter chill in a tropical paradise. At AM, a 9. The Boxing Day tsunami would be the deadliest in recorded history, taking a staggering , lives in a matter of hours. Buildings folded like houses of cards, trees and cars were swept up in the oil-black rapids and virtually no one caught in the deluge survived. Thailand was next.
Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004
The Asian tsunami: 5 years later
In the aftermath of the Asian tsunami, there is potentially a large, traumatized population in need of psychosocial support, but determining which individuals require psychological intervention and knowing how and when to treat them may be the key to positive long-term outcomes. The early identification of people at high risk of developing subsequent psychiatric disorders from among those experiencing a transient stress reaction following trauma is often the initial step in the recovery process. Timely treatment is essential, since inappropriately targeted therapy can compromise recovery and may even exacerbate posttraumatic stress symptoms, particularly if treatment is initiated before grief reactions have subsided. Finally, appropriate treatment interventions, which incorporate cognitive-behavioral therapy and prolonged exposure, offer the best current therapeutic options for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and associated comorbid conditions such as anxiety, depression, and grief. However, since most of the supportive data for the psychosocial consequences of trauma were obtained from small-scale studies of discrete trauma events in Western countries, it may not be possible to extrapolate these findings to a large-scale natural disaster in Asia, such as the Asian tsunami. More data are required to assist in the development of strategies for the effective management of the psychological consequences of trauma worldwide, with emphasis on creating mental health strategies that are culturally sensitive and valid for various trauma events and disaster scenarios. Abstract In the aftermath of the Asian tsunami, there is potentially a large, traumatized population in need of psychosocial support, but determining which individuals require psychological intervention and knowing how and when to treat them may be the key to positive long-term outcomes.
December 26, , seemed like an ordinary Sunday. Fishermen, shopkeepers, Buddhist nuns, medical doctors, and mullahs - all around the Indian Ocean basin, people went about their morning routines. Western tourists on their Christmas holiday flocked to the beaches of Thailand , Sri Lanka , and Indonesia , reveling in the warm tropical sun and the blue waters of the sea. Without warning, at am, a fault along the seafloor kilometers miles southeast of Banda Aceh, in the state of Sumatra, Indonesia, suddenly gave way.
The harrowing film, The Impossible , which is now streaming on Netflix, follows a family of vacationers in the aftermath of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that struck land on December 24, Considered the deadliest tsunami in recorded history , the foot wave wiped away entire towns, and the lives of over , people across 14 countries, per The Telegraph. The tsunami first made contact in Indonesia and moved onto Thailand, where The Impossible takes place. The death toll in Thailand was nearly 5, including 2, foreign tourists, per History.