Thousands died in 2004 natural disaster
230,000 people lost in devastating Tsunami in the Indian Ocean 2004 his life. One of the victims was Abrap Asep – a police officer who was on duty in the western province of Aceh, Indonesia during a natural disaster. Now his family finds out: his relative, who has been missing for 16 years, is alive. The traumatic experiences left him with severe psychological wounds, which is why he was kept in a psychiatric clinic. It is unclear why his family did not get the message that he is in the clinic.
Abrip Asep declared dead after tsunami in Indonesia
On Boxing Day 2004, a 30-meter-high part of South-East Asia flooded. When he stopped hearing from Abreep Espey, his family reported him missing, as reported by the Daily Mail. He was later pronounced dead and his relatives were sad that he would never see Abripp again.
Photos of policeman surfaced on social media
It was a lucky coincidence that the policeman was found alive: pictures of the missing person appeared in a family group chat on social media. Asep was found at Ache Province Mental Hospital and reunited with his family.
“I can’t believe it,” a relative explained. “We didn’t hear from him for 17 years and thought he was dead.” The local police confirmed that the person found was Abrap Asepi. According to the New Zealand Herald, he is in good health.
One of the greatest catastrophe in human history
The tsunami of December 26, 2004 is considered one of the greatest catastrophes in human history. It was triggered by a hurricane with a magnitude of 9.1 on the northwest coast of Sumatra. The expanses of the giant wave were still visible as far as Madagascar and Tanzania.
The most affected area was Ash located on the northwestern tip of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. About 170,000 people died here alone. The bulk of the provincial capital Banda Aceh consisted only of rubble and remains of walls.