The December 2004 Asian Tsunami that struck coastal areas on both sides of the Indian Ocean was probably one of the largest global disasters the world has ever witnessed. An estimate of 230,000 persons were killed in this disaster, and state of emergency were declared in Maldives, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
In the aftermath of the disaster, CRS provided relief to the tsunami victims in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. For Maldives, CRS purchase and packed about 1000 kitchenware packages in Singapore and shipped them to over 30 Maldivian islands. The package included gas cooking stoves, utensils and cooking ware.