Asian tsunami disaster dominated every media organisation’s
news coverage in the last week of 2004 and during the
first few days of 2005. With over 300,000 people killed,
thousands gone missing and millions displaced in a dozen
countries on the Indian Ocean rim, the event became
one of the worst disasters of all time.
But as with every other disaster,
the news media’s interest lasted only for a short
period. After several days of saturation coverage, news
agencies, network television and the online media drifted
away to cover other stories. Only a handful of reporters
spent more time, trying to find new angles in a very
widely covered story on an epic scale.
The story, however, is far from over
for millions of affected people and their families.
Long after journalists and television cameras have departed,
children, women and men will be struggling to recover
from the cruel blow the sea delivered unexpectedly on
Boxing Day 2004.
In Aceh, Chennai, Galle, Pedang, Phuket
and hundreds of other localities that were hit by the
tsunami, local people are slowly coming to terms with
the impact, and rebuilding their disrupted lives, livelihoods
We want to cover and tell these stories
to the world. We are therefore returning to Asia’s
battered coasts to take a closer look at these stories
of individual and collective resilience, heroism and
And we will stay with them for months
to come, generating a range of multimedia products which
will be distributed across the Asia Pacific region and