Passersby walk amid debris of destroyed buildings, 27 December 2004 in Banda Aceh, after tidal waves hit the region. The carnage suffered when Indonesia was hit at point-blank range by a giant earthquake and tidal wave began to emerge Monday as links were restored to remote areas and the death toll rose to at least 4,725. Surging oceans and seismic shockwaves wreaked havoc across Asia, and struck particularly hard in the conflict-battered and impoverished Indonesian province of Aceh where they unleashed a brutal force of death and destruction. AFP PHOTO/BAY ISMOYO