Disaster Relief for Museums

On December 26, 2004, an underwater earthquake North West of Sumatra, measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, caused tsunamis that struck south and southeast Asia, provoking a catastrophe of staggering proportions. More than 210,000 people lost their lives, and thousands were injured; many more were displaced, lost their relatives, homes and all their belongings. Coastal regions were reshaped and some areas completely disappeared. The resulting devastation also affected cultural and natural heritage in some countries in the region.

The Disaster Relief for Museums Web site has been created in direct response to the event just described, and will supply updated information on affected cultural and natural heritage in the region, and keep visitors appraised of all of ICOM's related efforts and activities. We are constantly working on improvements to the Web site; as communications are restored and collaborative structures become operational, it will become an invaluable tool in dealing not only with the current disaster but also with situations of similar magnitude in the future.

This site is initially available only in English.

Updated: 28 April 2005

- General Information
- News
- Help - Countries affected:
For more information and updates, please contact drtf@icom.museum
under the reference "Asia and the Indian Ocean".