Tsunami Province Returns to Life

Community rebounds three years after disaster
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2007 8:50 AM CST
Acehnese workmen repair a rock crusher at a cement factory, Friday, Nov. 30, 2007 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. An unprecedented outpouring of global funds has rebuilt much of the coastal region in Asia devastated...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Three years after it was hit by a devastating tsumani, Aceh is slowly returning to normal, Time reports. The disaster killed more than 160,000 people in the Sumatran province and wiped out much of its infrastructure. In the years since, aid from all over the world has helped Aceh's people rebuild their towns and their lives.

The reconstruction effort has faced many hurdles but most of the roads and houses have now been rebuilt, and the capital, Banda Aceh, is bustling again. "I got stuck in a traffic jam last week but I really didn't mind," said a resident. "I was just happy to see the city has come back to life."