Central website on tsunami victims launched

PHUKET: Worried relatives and friends of people living in or visiting provinces stricken by Sunday’s tsunami now have a central point for information on victims here.

The Official Thai Tsunami Information Center website, set up by the Royal Thai Police, has Thai, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, German and Spanish versions and contains long lists of people injured, killed or missing since the tsunami struck Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun provinces.

It also has a links page listing a large number of other resources on the Internet relating to the disaster.

Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Phuket City Police Station, said that at least 20 programmers from the Royal Thai Police, along with volunteers, are constantly updating the website from the Information Center at Phuket City Police Station.

He explained that people can search not only for names but also for details about the injured, the dead people and the missing.

“For example, we are including details such as rings on victims’ fingers, photos of the deceased and locations where bodies were found.”

He added that at least 10 officers are on duty at Phuket Provincial Hall to receive reports from Thais or tourists about lost passports, ID cards or other personal documents. “We have already helped over 1,000 people since December 26,” he said.

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