This combination of photos shows an area affected by the Dec. 25, 2004 tsunami which hit Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, Indonesia. The top photo shows debris near the Great Mosque, ... more 
This combination of photos shows an area affected by the Dec. 25, 2004 tsunami which hit Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, Indonesia. The top photo shows debris near the Great Mosque, background, on Dec. 29, 2004, four days after the tsunami. The bottom photo shows the same area on Nov. 19, 2013. Aceh’s reconstruction didn’t always run smoothly, especially during the first year, but it is now almost universally regarded as successful. Around 130,000 houses were built in less than three years, along with scores of airports, roads and schools. It was the biggest construction project in the developing world. The man who steered Indonesia to recovery after the 2004 tsunami has some cautionary words for the Philippines as it begins planning reconstruction after Typhoon Haiyan. Hundreds of thousands of homeless survivors will get angry about living in tents well before houses will be ready for them, and inflation will soon make those houses much more expensive to build. (AP Photo) less 
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