Photos: 10 years after Indian Ocean Tsunami

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Flowers are displayed on the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park wall on the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami in Phang-nga province on December 26, 2014. Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning on December 26 across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL
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Thai students and foreign tourists place candles on a sand sculpture during commemorations on the the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami at Patong beach in Phuket province on December 26, 2014. In the morning of December 26, 2004 a 9.3-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia's western coast generated a series of massive waves that killed more than 220,000 people across 14 countries as far apart as Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Somalia. AFP PHOTO/Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL
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A Thai relative of a tsunami victim places roses on the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park wall on the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami in Phang-nga province on December 26, 2014. Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning on December 26 across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL
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Thai Buddhist monks sit next to pictures of tsunami victims as the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami is remembered at the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park in Phang-nga province on December 26, 2014. Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning on December 26 across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL
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Thai villagers take part in remembrance ceremonies to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami at the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park in Phang-nga province on December 26, 2014. Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning on December 26 across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL
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In this picture taken on December 2, 2014, a low tide is seen on the island of Ko Phra Tong, near Khura Buri district, Phang Nga province. As he gently lowers a fishing net into an azure lagoon, Saponkit Klatalay concedes he no longer roams the waters for days and nights like generations of sea gypsies before him, but prefers to sleep on the Thai mainland where he was resettled after the 2004 tsunami. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI
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In this picture taken on December 1, 2014, Myanmar national of Nepali origin Depa Dhaurali cries in her home as she recalls the events of the 2004 tsunami, holding a picture of her mom and dad during an interview with AFP in Phuket. A decade after towering waves wrenched her newborn baby from her arms, Mi Htay remains haunted by memories of the children she lost in the tsunami whose bodies, like hundreds of other Myanmar migrants in Thailand, were never identified. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI
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Thai students place candles on a sand sculpture during commemorations on the the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami at Patong beach in Phuket province on December 26, 2014. In the morning of December 26, 2004 a 9.3-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia's western coast generated a series of massive waves that killed more than 220,000 people across 14 countries as far apart as Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Somalia. AFP PHOTO/Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL
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Policemen pray for their dead friends and relatives at a mass grave for victims of the December 26, 2004 tsunami in Banda Aceh, northern Sumatra, on December 26, 2014. Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning on December 26 across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / Chaideer MAHYUDDIN
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A foreign tourist visits the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park wall on the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami in Phang-nga province on December 26, 2014. Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning on December 26 across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL
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Sri Lankan women commemorate the victims of the December 2004 tsunami, offering flowers, prayers and alms during a special ceremony to mark the tenth anniversary, in the southern coastal town of Peraliya on December 26, 2014, the tenth anniversary of the deadly Asian tsunami. The Ocean Queen Express, which was rebuilt after the tsunami, has become a symbol of the disaster in Sri Lanka and was at the centre of commemorations for the country's 31,000 victims. Survivors and relatives of the dead boarded the train December 26 morning in Colombo and headed to Peraliya, the exact spot where it was ripped from the tracks, around 90 kilometres (56 miles) south of Colombo. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA
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A Sri Lankan girl commemorates the victims of the December 2004 tsunami, offering flowers, prayers and alms during a special ceremony to mark the tenth anniversary in the southern coastal town of Peraliya on December 26, 2014, the tenth anniversary of the deadly Asian tsunami. The Ocean Queen Express, which was rebuilt after the tsunami, has become a symbol of the disaster in Sri Lanka and was at the centre of commemorations for the country's 31,000 victims. Survivors and relatives of the dead boarded the train December 26 morning in Colombo and headed to Peraliya, the exact spot where it was ripped from the tracks, around 90 kilometres (56 miles) south of Colombo. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA
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Sri Lankan passengers travel on the Ocean Queen Express, which was swept away during the 2004 tsunami and later retrieved and restored, during the train's journey from Colombo to Peraliya on December 26, 2014, the tenth anniversary of the deadly Asian tsunami. The Ocean Queen Express, which was rebuilt after the tsunami, has become a symbol of the disaster in Sri Lanka and was at the centre of commemorations for the country's 31,000 victims. Survivors and relatives of the dead boarded the train December 26 morning in Colombo and headed to Peraliya, the exact spot where it was ripped from the tracks, around 90 kilometres (56 miles) south of Colombo. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA
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Thai students make sand sculptures during the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami at Patong beach in Phuket province on December 26, 2014. Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning on December 26 across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL
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Thai children hold roses before releasing them into the sea near the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park as the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami is remembered in Phang-nga province on December 26, 2014. Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning on December 26 across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL
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Sri Lankan residents walk along the beachfront in Colombo on December 26, 2014, the tenth anniversary of the deadly Asian tsunami. Prayers, tears and solemn visits to mass graves marked commemorations across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI
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To go with AFP story THAILAND-ASIA-TSUNAMI-ANNIVERSARY by Preeti Jha and Thanaporn Promyamyai<br />In this picture taken on December 4, 2014, a tsunami evacuation sign is displayed on a street near Patong beach in Phuket. Ten years after the deadliest tsunami on record wrought destruction across the Indian Ocean, authorities fear creeping complacency is undermining a hi-tech warning system to prevent similar losses in the future. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI