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The Andaman and Nicobar islands, the exotic southern most part of India,
suffered massive destruction in the tsunami on December 26 last year.
Over 3,500 lives were lost, largely in Nicobar islands, which are barely
107 km from Sumatra, epicentre of the earthquake that caused the tsunami.
The killer waves flattened over 10,000 homes, wiped out entire villages,
swallowed more than 100,000 livestock, 6,000 hectares of plantation
crops, destroyed jetties and devastated the Indian Air Force station on
Car Nicobar island.
Separated from the Indian mainland by 1,200 km of water, transporting
relief to the affected islands was no easy task. All material, from
nails to earthmovers, had to be shipped or flown in, and the armed
forces were called in to assist the civil administration in relief and
Six months after the tsunami, intermediate shelters are ready, around Rs
500 million has been disbursed in compensation, and makeshift schools
have been built, but officials say it will take at least two years for
Andaman and Nicobar to return to normalcy as we knew it.
Senior Features Editor Archana Masih and Contributing Correspondent A
Ganesh Nadar spent 10 days in the region and discovered that while the
islanders remain scarred by the tragedy, they are also slowly rebuilding
A series on life in Andaman and Nicobar, six months after the tsunami.