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Authorities prepare to move Yan Yao bodies

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PHANG NGA: The stench from the 1,000-plus corpses of tsunami victims being held at Wat Yan Yao now permeates the temple and the area around it, and local people are too scared to enter the wat to make merit.

Authorities are therefore planning to move the bodies to the Thai Tsunami Victim Identification Center (TTVI), in Mai Khao, Phuket.

However, Phang Nga Governor Anuwat Metheeviboonwut stressed today that he will not allow the corpses to be moved until he has consent from families who have lost loved ones.

Gov Anuwat said that TTVI Chief Pol Gen Noppadol Somboonsab has already approved the transfer of the corpses and, he pointed out, “The TTVI can currently identify 100 corpses a day, while at Wat Yan Yao about five to 10 corpses are being identified daily. Moreover, the [TTVI] is full of specialist equipment and DVI [Disaster Victim Identification] experts from 33 countries,” he said.

However, he added, “Local people are divided on whether the bodies should be moved to Mai Khao. I agree [that the bodies should be moved] because Wat Yan Yao should be allowed to recover after being used so much during the crisis,” Gov Anuwat.

He added that the Phang Nga authorities will organize two round-trip bus services a day to take families from Phang Nga to the TTVI. “They will be able to search for their loved ones [there] just as they do at Wat Yan Yao,” Gov Anuwat said.

“I will ensure that they understand that they will be able to meet their loved ones after the process of identification is complete,” he said.

Currently, the sheer number of bodies being kept at Wat Yan Yao is creating problems.

“The situation at Wat Yan Yao makes it difficult for monks to perform religious ceremonies … The smell is all over Wat Yan Yao and people are too scared to make merit at the temple because it is full of corpses,” he said.

Gen Noppadol said, “If Gov Anuwat can make the people understand this process, we will transfer the corpses to Phuket immediately. Wat Yan Yao is not suitable for the long-term identification of corpses. This process will bother the monks and the people near the wat.

“In addition, this wat is beside a canal, which may result in the spread of disease,” Gen Noppadol said.



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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