Health impact of the 2004 Andaman Nicobar earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia

  • Guha-Sapir D
  • Van Panhuis W
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Abstract

The human impact of the tsunami that occurred on 26 December 2004 was enormous, with Indonesia bearing a huge proportion of the losses. The aftermath brought predictions of communicable disease outbreaks and widespread fear of epidemics. However, evidence from previous disasters due to natural hazards does not support all of these predictions. The objectives of this study were to: (1) describe the relative importance of infectious diseases and injuries as a consequence of a disaster due to natural hazards; and (2) identify key recommendations for the improvement of control and surveillance of these diseases during and after disasters.

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  • Andaman-Nicobar Islands
  • Indian Ocean
  • earthquake
  • health impact
  • tsunami

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