A fleet of Norwegian M6 trucks arriving in the tsunami area. The tsunami operation is among the largest logistic maneuvers in the history of the IFRC in support of the host National Society in Indonesia. Raqai Yani / IFRC Indonesia, June 2009. A disaster preparedness drill in Calang, one of the most tsunami-affected communities in Indonesia. Daniel Cima / American Red Cross June 2009, Ibnu Abas, a 50 year-old fisherman in the village of Paton Makur near Calang, Indonesi, lost his 13 year-old son to the tsunami. He is training with the ARC to learn about sustainable fishing and improve his livelihood. Daniel Cima / ARC June 2009. Houses built in Pulo Raya, Lamno, Aceh, Indonesia under the Red Cross Red Crescent post-tsunami housing program. Patrick Fuller / IFRC Cilacap, Indonesia, June 2014. Al Akbar Abubakar debriefs with Red Cross volunteers after an evacuation drill in Karang Benda village, Indonesia, a region prone to earthquakes, tsunamis, and heavy flooding. Jonathan Aiken / American Red Cross Sendai, Japan. Snow clouds descend on what remains of coastal communities near Sendai. The north east coast of Japan was decimated when an earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami in March 2011. Kathy Mueller / IFRC Kesennuma, Japan, April 2011. The fishing port of Kesennuma (population 73,279) was hit by the tsunami and then further destroyed by a large fire. Nobuyuki Kobayashi / Japanese Red Cross Sri Lanka, Aug 2009. A woman in Ishmail Puram has started a grocery store in her new home provided under the Red Cross Red Crescent tsunami recovery construction program. Devaka Seneviratne / IFRC Maldives, Ghuraidhoo Island, Maldives, Dec 2005. A tsunami dumped mountains of waste along the pristine shorelines of the Maldives. In response, Red Cross partners and local communities joined forces to clean up over 72 islands. IFRC On the Island of Buruni in Thaa Atoll, Maldivian Red Crescent volunteers carry out community clean-up activities as part of a nationwide campaign to eradicate dengue. Mikko Vähäniitty / Finnish Red Cross Following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the Red Cross worked with local communities and schools to establish local early warning and evacuation systems. Disaster preparedness remains an important part of the school curriculum. Mikko Vähäniitty / IFRC Samoa Islands, Oct 2009. Samoa Red Cross volunteers direct school children to higher ground during an evacuation of Apia in response to a tsunami warning. Rosemarie North / IFRC Samoa Islands, Sept 2009. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami which struck Samoa has had a devastating effect on this Pacific Island community. Abril Esquivel / IFRC Samoa Islands, Sept 2009. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami which struck Samoa has had a devastating effect on this Pacific Island community. A Samoan boy salvages wood to help his family with temporary shelter. Abril Esquivel / IFRC Island of Dhavaafaru, June 2009. Children in their new primary school built by the IFRC under the tsunami reconstruction programme in the Maldives. Ahmed Zahid / IFRC This gallery features the costly and disastrous effects of tsunamis on cities and villages, as well as the the work of Red Cross National Societies to mitigate impact and provide relief.