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Indian Ocean tsunami 10th anniversary: Prime Minister's message

This world location news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

A message from the Prime Minister to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Today we think of all those for whom Boxing Day is no longer a happy festive celebration but the day they lost a loved one in the Indian Ocean tsunami. At this poignant time, my prayers are with all those remembering people who were caught up in the disaster, including the 151 British nationals who lost their lives.

Since the tsunami, the government has provided almost £300 million to support the communities affected and to help people get back on their feet, whether by building new homes and schools or enabling them to start a new business.

In the face of tragedy and adversity, hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated real resilience to rebuild their lives and millions more have shown extraordinary generosity to help those affected. So, as we remember all those who died, we should take comfort from the communities that are now on the mend – places like Banda Aceh where locals say it is now more prosperous, vibrant and peaceful than before.”