Calang

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Calang
Indonesian Navy landing craft KRI Teluk Banten  (516) and KRI Teluk Langsa (501) and a US Navy Seahawk helicopter in Calang
Indonesian Navy landing craft KRI Teluk Banten (516) and KRI Teluk Langsa (501) and a US Navy Seahawk helicopter in Calang
Calang is located in Sumatra Topography
Calang
Calang
Location in Sumatra
Calang is located in Indonesia
Calang
Calang
Location in Indonesia
Coordinates: 4°38′N 95°35′E / 4.633°N 95.583°E / 4.633; 95.583
Country  Indonesia
Province Aceh
Regency Aceh Jaya Regency
Island Sumatra
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
An Indonesian child stands amid the destruction of the Tsunami in the village of Calang, Sumatra, Indonesia

Calang, the capital of the Aceh Jaya Regency of the special territory (daerah istimewa) of Aceh was on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. It had a population of about 12,000 though it was reported to have "vanished completely leaving only scattered shards of concrete" as a result of the tsunami produced by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Only about 30 per cent of the townspeople have survived.

The trail of destruction left by the tsunami extends two kilometers inland from the coast. Whole hills have been washed away.

The township, a former Indonesian Military (TNI, Tentara Nasional Indonesia) stronghold, will be relocated inland according to Indonesian Welfare Minister Alwi Shihab.

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Coordinates: 4°38′N 95°35′E / 4.633°N 95.583°E / 4.633; 95.583