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Indian Ocean Tsunami - 10 years on

Tourists walk behind a faded sign warning of tsunami hazard in Khao Lak, December 15, 2014. Ahead of the anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, experts and officials say key weaknesses remain across the region in the system designed to warn people of the next disaster, and get them to safety. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Tourists walk behind a faded sign warning of tsunami hazard in Khao Lak, December 15, 2014. Ahead of the anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, experts and officials say key weaknesses remain across the region in the system designed to warn people of the...more

Tourists walk behind a faded sign warning of tsunami hazard in Khao Lak, December 15, 2014. Ahead of the anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, experts and officials say key weaknesses remain across the region in the system designed to warn people of the next disaster, and get them to safety. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Soe, the eight-year-old daughter of a fisherman from Myanmar, rests in a hammock outside her family home in Ban Nam Khem December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Soe, the eight-year-old daughter of a fisherman from Myanmar, rests in a hammock outside her family home in Ban Nam Khem December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Soe, the eight-year-old daughter of a fisherman from Myanmar, rests in a hammock outside her family home in Ban Nam Khem December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Foreign tourists walk on a small beach with fallen big trees and damage still visible from the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak, in Phang Nga province, north of the resort island of Phuket, December 14, 2014. Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, the deadliest on the record, that killed at least 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Foreign tourists walk on a small beach with fallen big trees and damage still visible from the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak, in Phang Nga province, north of the resort island of Phuket, December 14, 2014. Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary...more

Foreign tourists walk on a small beach with fallen big trees and damage still visible from the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak, in Phang Nga province, north of the resort island of Phuket, December 14, 2014. Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, the deadliest on the record, that killed at least 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A migrant fisherman from Myanmar prepares to go fishing on his small boat in Ban Nam Khem, December 14, 2014. Ban Nam Khem, a small fishing village on Thailand's Andaman Sea coast and home to a large migrant workers' community, lost nearly half of its 5,000 population in the tsunami. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A migrant fisherman from Myanmar prepares to go fishing on his small boat in Ban Nam Khem, December 14, 2014. Ban Nam Khem, a small fishing village on Thailand's Andaman Sea coast and home to a large migrant workers' community, lost nearly half of...more

A migrant fisherman from Myanmar prepares to go fishing on his small boat in Ban Nam Khem, December 14, 2014. Ban Nam Khem, a small fishing village on Thailand's Andaman Sea coast and home to a large migrant workers' community, lost nearly half of its 5,000 population in the tsunami. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept over a mile inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak, in Thailand's Phang Nga province, north of the resort island of Phuket, December 14, 2014. On the day of tsunami, Thai navy boat 813 was on patrol about one nautical mile offshore serving as a guard to members of royal family staying at one of the resorts near-by. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept over a mile inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak, in Thailand's Phang Nga province, north of the resort island of Phuket, December 14, 2014....more

Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept over a mile inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak, in Thailand's Phang Nga province, north of the resort island of Phuket, December 14, 2014. On the day of tsunami, Thai navy boat 813 was on patrol about one nautical mile offshore serving as a guard to members of royal family staying at one of the resorts near-by. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Migrant fishermen from Myanmar clean equipment after returning from the ocean to Ban Nam Khem, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Migrant fishermen from Myanmar clean equipment after returning from the ocean to Ban Nam Khem, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Migrant fishermen from Myanmar clean equipment after returning from the ocean to Ban Nam Khem, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Foreign tourists walk on a small beach with fallen trees and damage still visible from the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak, in Phang Nga province, December 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Foreign tourists walk on a small beach with fallen trees and damage still visible from the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak, in Phang Nga province, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Foreign tourists walk on a small beach with fallen trees and damage still visible from the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak, in Phang Nga province, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A pair of flip-flops are left on a small wooden boat that ferries villagers and tourists from Ban Nam Khem December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A pair of flip-flops are left on a small wooden boat that ferries villagers and tourists from Ban Nam Khem December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A pair of flip-flops are left on a small wooden boat that ferries villagers and tourists from Ban Nam Khem December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A tourist enters the ocean in Khao Lak, Phang Nga province December 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A tourist enters the ocean in Khao Lak, Phang Nga province December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A tourist enters the ocean in Khao Lak, Phang Nga province December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Tourists take a picture of themselves at Patong beach which was badly hit by 2004 tsunami in Phuket, one of Asia's premier resort islands, December 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Tourists take a picture of themselves at Patong beach which was badly hit by 2004 tsunami in Phuket, one of Asia's premier resort islands, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Tourists take a picture of themselves at Patong beach which was badly hit by 2004 tsunami in Phuket, one of Asia's premier resort islands, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Tourists are seen at Patong beach which was badly hit by 2004 tsunami in Phuket, one of Asia's premier resort islands, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Tourists are seen at Patong beach which was badly hit by 2004 tsunami in Phuket, one of Asia's premier resort islands, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Tourists are seen at Patong beach which was badly hit by 2004 tsunami in Phuket, one of Asia's premier resort islands, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Local people rest in hammocks in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Local people rest in hammocks in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Local people rest in hammocks in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Manee, the 45-year-old wife of an unemployed fisherman from Myanmar, prepares betel nuts after showing pictures of her children killed in the 2004 tsunami at her home in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. Manee lost her three children aged three, four and nine when the tsunami hit a small fishing village on Thailand's Andaman Sea coast on December 26, 2004.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Manee, the 45-year-old wife of an unemployed fisherman from Myanmar, prepares betel nuts after showing pictures of her children killed in the 2004 tsunami at her home in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. Manee lost her three children aged three, four...more

Manee, the 45-year-old wife of an unemployed fisherman from Myanmar, prepares betel nuts after showing pictures of her children killed in the 2004 tsunami at her home in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. Manee lost her three children aged three, four and nine when the tsunami hit a small fishing village on Thailand's Andaman Sea coast on December 26, 2004. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A son of a migrant fisherman from Myanmar rests in a hammock at a former shrimp warehouse where his family lives in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A son of a migrant fisherman from Myanmar rests in a hammock at a former shrimp warehouse where his family lives in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A son of a migrant fisherman from Myanmar rests in a hammock at a former shrimp warehouse where his family lives in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A barber is reflected in a mirror as he cuts a customer's hair at his shop in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. Therasak, a local barber who survived the 2004 tsunami with his family members, returned to the village soon after the disaster but says his 22-year-old daughter still suffers from tsunami related illness. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A barber is reflected in a mirror as he cuts a customer's hair at his shop in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. Therasak, a local barber who survived the 2004 tsunami with his family members, returned to the village soon after the disaster but says...more

A barber is reflected in a mirror as he cuts a customer's hair at his shop in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. Therasak, a local barber who survived the 2004 tsunami with his family members, returned to the village soon after the disaster but says his 22-year-old daughter still suffers from tsunami related illness. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A child is reflected in a mirror at barber's home in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A child is reflected in a mirror at barber's home in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A child is reflected in a mirror at barber's home in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A worker paints flag poles at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem in Phang Nga province, about 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket, December 16, 2014. Tsunami monuments are being refurbished and grass around victims' graves cut as Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A worker paints flag poles at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem in Phang Nga province, about 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket, December 16, 2014. Tsunami monuments are being refurbished and grass around victims'...more

A worker paints flag poles at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem in Phang Nga province, about 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket, December 16, 2014. Tsunami monuments are being refurbished and grass around victims' graves cut as Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A man looks into the Tsunami Victims Cemetery as a worker painting flag poles casts a shadow outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A man looks into the Tsunami Victims Cemetery as a worker painting flag poles casts a shadow outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A man looks into the Tsunami Victims Cemetery as a worker painting flag poles casts a shadow outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A memorial plaque is left at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A memorial plaque is left at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A memorial plaque is left at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Gravestones are seen at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery near the former identification centre outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. Over 400 bodies of victims of the 2004 tsunami, including 369 still unidentified, are buried in the cemetery across the road from the former victims' centre where thousands were identified following the disaster. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Gravestones are seen at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery near the former identification centre outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. Over 400 bodies of victims of the 2004 tsunami, including 369 still unidentified, are buried in the cemetery across...more

Gravestones are seen at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery near the former identification centre outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. Over 400 bodies of victims of the 2004 tsunami, including 369 still unidentified, are buried in the cemetery across the road from the former victims' centre where thousands were identified following the disaster. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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An open metal coffin is seen as a worker paints flag poles at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An open metal coffin is seen as a worker paints flag poles at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An open metal coffin is seen as a worker paints flag poles at the Tsunami Victims Cemetery outside Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Dogs are seen at a crematorium at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Dogs are seen at a crematorium at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Dogs are seen at a crematorium at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A chair and urns are seen behind a crematorium at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A chair and urns are seen behind a crematorium at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A chair and urns are seen behind a crematorium at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A man who lives with his dogs at the former tsunami victims identification centre dismantles a wooden frame near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A man who lives with his dogs at the former tsunami victims identification centre dismantles a wooden frame near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A man who lives with his dogs at the former tsunami victims identification centre dismantles a wooden frame near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A dog is seen behind stretchers on wheels at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A dog is seen behind stretchers on wheels at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A dog is seen behind stretchers on wheels at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Religious statues are seen at a spirit house at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Religious statues are seen at a spirit house at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Religious statues are seen at a spirit house at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Pictures of victims are seen at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Pictures of victims are seen at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Pictures of victims are seen at the former tsunami victims identification centre near Ban Nam Khem, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A visitor walks on a wave-shaped tsunami monument in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A visitor walks on a wave-shaped tsunami monument in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A visitor walks on a wave-shaped tsunami monument in Ban Nam Khem, December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Dense vegetation is seen around an abandoned hotel that was destroyed in the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Dense vegetation is seen around an abandoned hotel that was destroyed in the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Dense vegetation is seen around an abandoned hotel that was destroyed in the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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