The massive Earthquake followed by Tsunami on 26.12.2004 has collapsed the entire system in the Island. About 10,000 households and 50,000 people were affected by the disaster. The priority of the Administration was to extend Relief & Rescue Operation in all the inhabited Islands. The geographical spread over of the island was yet another hurdle in extending Relief and Rescue operation in all 38 affected Islands.
The Administration has never encountered with such a mega disaster and does not have any proper mechanism / system in place to cop-up with the earthquake of high magnitude of 9.3 Richter scale followed by devastating tsunami of about 30 feet height engulfing everything that came on its way.
The Administration has mobilized the limited resources available in the Island for Relief & Rescue operation which was challenging job especially in a situation where almost all the port facilities in the islands were damaged.
To monitor the Relief & Rehabilitation works being carried out in the islands and to restore back all the damaged infrastructures viz., Houses, Roads, Water Supply, Ports, Electricity, Transport system etc. the Administration has set up a Relief & Rehabilitation section in the secretariat. Later in the year 2008, the Administration has established a separate Directorate of Disaster Management as per the directives of Govt. of India to enforce Disaster Management Act 2005 in the UT of A&N Islands.