This Saturday we remember the tragedy of five years ago, when a series of massive tsunami waves struck coasts around the Indian Ocean. The region was caught off guard as most people were unaware that a tsunami threat even existed. The result was a disaster with one of the highest human costs in living memory, and one that will not be forgotten in our lifetimes.

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Statement by Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP on the five-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami

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