A boy plays on Ulee Lheu beach on Dec. 13, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

On Dec. 26, 2004, Indonesia experienced one of the world’s worst natural disasters when a magnitude 9.2 earthquake triggered a tsunami from the Indian Ocean, which slammed against the coast of Sumatra, killing more than 230,000 people throughout the affected region. Waves as high as 1,000 feet crashed down onto Banda Aceh, the largest city in the Aceh province of Indonesia and the closest to the epicenter of the quake, killing nearly 130,000 people in this region alone. The region sustained the most damage of any other affected by the tsunami, and was nearly leveled as whole villages were swept away.

Today, nearly 10 years later, Banda Aceh slowly continues to rebound and rebuild with brand new infrastructure that includes a new hospital and wider roads, as well as a return to fishing and agriculture.

Getty photojournalist Ulet Ifansasti recently revisited the area to document the Acehnese tsunami survivors, and some of the noticeable changes to their daily life that include tsunami simulation drills for school children.


Ruins of the coconut trees that were hit by the tsunami, seen at Ulee Lheu beach on December 14, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Fishermen unloading fish from a fishing boat at Lampulo fish market, Dec. 13, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

The ruins of the dome of a mosque that was hit by the tsunami, December 14, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Tsunami survivors Sanusi (55), and his wife Hasrati (43) sit inside their house with their daughters at Lamtutui village on Dec. 15, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

A man fishes at a beach on Dec. 14, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Tsunami survivor Alfarisi (13), stands inside his house at Lamtutui village on Dec. 15, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

A view of the Baiturrahman grand mosque on Dec. 15, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Acehnese Muslims gather for a collective zikr to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tsunami on Dec. 13, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Tsunami survivor Yusri (45), who has disabilities, sits in front his house on Dec. 13, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Elementary students perform earthquake and tsunami simulation on Dec. 15, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

A man plays football at Ulee Lheu beach on Dec. 14, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Mannequins on display at a shop on Dec. 13, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

A beggar with a wheelchair is seen while people walk after attending evening prayers at the Baiturrahman grand mosque on Dec. 15, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Children gather in the mosque to learn to read the Quran and learn about Islam on Dec. 12, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Fishermen unload fish from a boat at Lampulo fish market on Dec. 13, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

A blind man walks to attend the evening prayers at the Baiturrahman grand mosque on Dec. 15, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)