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Since 2004 natural disasters with death tolls in the tens of thousands have struck in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, China, Haiti, and Japan, but little data exists to support population-level analysis of either the long term costs or the success of assistance programs in the aftermath of such events. This project will collect and analyze data from Sumatra, Indonesia, on how children and prime-age adults are affected by and respond to a large-scale natural disaster, the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, which killed an estimated 160,000. The Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR) is a longitudinal survey of individuals, households, communities, and facilities in the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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