Three months after an earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia efforts are underway to rebuild from the devastation.

In the aftermath of the tsunami in Indonesia, which took place on 26 December 2004, most of the focus of attention was on the city of Banda Aceh. However, other cities along the coast were also devastated by the massive tidal wave.

RTÉ News visits the city of Meulaboh where nearly a third of the population lost their lives.

Infrastructure, including roads and bridges, has been completely destroyed cutting off the city of Meulaboh .

Roughly about half the size of Limerick, we could see that half of it is almost completely destroyed.

In the centre of the city, people are housed in ramshackle camps, some of which were set up by Irish charity Trócaire.

Mary Healy, of Trócaire, outlines one of the initiatives put in place to help people in the area who have lost their homes. The Cash for Work programme provides people with work cleaning up public areas following the destruction. People are paid in return for their labour and are using the money to rebuild their own homes. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 March 2005. The reporter is Charlie Bird.