The Nov. 11 launch in Jakarta of the Indonesia Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS) was welcome news throughout the archipelago, but perhaps most of all in Aceh. The province hardest hit by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, in which about 170,000 people died, is still rebuilding homes and livelihoods devastated by the disaster. Pieter Smidt, head of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) mission in Sumatra, said Indonesia’s Aceh and Nias Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency, or BRR, would end its mandate in April 2009. About USD 6 billion had been invested in Aceh’s reconstruction so far, he said. (IRIN)

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