Traditional knowledge can save lives when disaster strikes

When the Indian Ocean Tsunami hit in December 2004, over 250,000 people were killed throughout Asia, but only seven people died out of a population of approximately 83,000 on Simeulue Island, just 40km from the epicenter of the earthquake. Nearly the entire population of the island survived thanks to the people's inherited knowledge of tsunamis handed down from each generation to the next.
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