2005 Photo Contest, World Press Photo of the Year

Arko Datta


28 December, 2004

A woman mourns a relative killed during a tsunami.

On 26 December 2004, a magnitude-9.3 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, triggered a series of deadly waves that traveled across the Indian Ocean, wreaking havoc in nine Asian countries and causing fatalities as far away as Somalia and Tanzania. The quake was so strong that it altered the tilt of the planet by 2.5 centimeters. More than 200,000 people died or were reported missing, and millions were left destitute in the worst natural disaster in living memory. In India, the Tamil Nadu fishing communities were among the worst hit, with homes, lives and livelihoods being wiped away.

About the photographer

Arko Datta

Arko Datta (New Delhi, India, 1969) was attracted to photography from an early age. After an initial degree in economics, he undertook a post-graduate study in journalism and mas...

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