The tsunami, which struck on December 26th 2004, killed more than 12,400 in India: three quarters were women and children. The worst damage was sustained in Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar.
The Government of India, UNICEF—under its “Build Back better” programme, and other UN agencies responded very well to the tsunami in the immediate relief phase as well as in the two years following the disaster.
Emphasis has been placed on raising the standard of child-centred services and quality of life for households and communities to levels higher than they were before the disaster.
In Andaman & Nicobar, UNICEF became the first international humanitarian agency to reach and work in the tribal and inaccessible Nicobarese district.