It’s two years to the day since disaster struck in the Indian Ocean. The giant tsunami left nearly a quarter of a million people dead or missing, and millions more homeless. India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia were the worst hit although there were casualties as far away as Kenya. The task for aid workers was gigantic. The public and private sectors combined pledged 6.7 billion dollars to help rebuild the affected areas. But still, two years on, not all the money has been collected.
According to the World Bank only a third of the funds promised has been spent. In Indonesia, bureaucracy and fears over corruption has meant the aid has been slow in coming. In India, it’s a similar story. Many still live in makeshift shelters. For 26-year old Meenakshi the misery goes on. “The mere mention of the tsunami scares me” she says, “ it sends a chill down my spine. The waves killed my four children. I can never forget it.”