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Phang Nga death toll soars

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PHUKET: As rescue workers in Khao Lak continue the gruesome task of recovering the bodies of those killed in the December 26 tsunami disaster, the death toll from Phang Nga rose overnight to a staggering 3,689 corpses – more than double the figure reported at 4:30 yesterday afternoon.

The figures were released at 8 am today by the emergency center at Phuket Provincial Hall.

In the six provinces affected, the death toll now stands at 4,510 (2,092 Thai, 2,230 foreigners and 188 of unknown nationality).A total of 9,849 were reported injured and 6,475 people are listed as missing.

The fatality figure accounts only for bodies recovered; the actual number of deaths is probably far higher, as many people are thought to have been sucked out to sea by tsunami undertow and will likely never be recovered.

Of the 3,689 bodies recovered in Phang Nga, 1,662 bodies were somehow classified as Thais and 2,027 as foreigners. Identification is becoming increasingly difficulty as bodies decompose, rescue workers say. A total of 1,272 people were reported as injured in the province, with 2,123 people listed as missing.

In Phuket, however, the number of dead has been adjusted down to 279 (151 Thais, 111 foreigners, 17 of unknown nationality) from 282 yesterday afternoon. The toll of injured stood at 1,272 and 2,123 people have been reported missing.

In Krabi, there have been 367 reported deaths (108 Thais, 88 foreigners and 171 of unknown nationality), 2,649 injured and 1,913 reported missing.

Of great concern is the number of people missing at Phi Phi Don Island, where only a handful of hotels remain standing. Most of the dozens of hotels and guest houses in the Ton Sai Bay area were located on a narrow stretch of sand between two beaches, which appears to have been hammered by the tsunami from both sides.

In December 2003, the Tourism Authority of Thailand reported over 33,000 arrivals on the island, with the average length of stay at hotels and guest houses being 2.7 days.

That  would mean that, on average, some 1,065 tourist arrived on Phi Phi Don each day. Multiplying this figure by the average length of stay, there were probably no fewer than 2,900 tourists staying overnight on Phi Phi Don when the tsunami hit, and that figure would not include the number of residents, day trippers and workers.

The number of people on the island was probably higher, given all the new hotel construction on Phi Phi over the past year, and the fact that occupancy would have been high with the New Year’s Holiday approaching.

Unfortunately, there are no figures currently available as to how many people were rescued from the Phi Phi Islands to help in estimating the actual number of missing.



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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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Danish tourist dies in Phuket road accident

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A male Danish tourist, driving a motorbike, has died after colliding with a truck in front of a market in Kathu.

The Kathu Police were notified of the incident on Phra Phuket Keaw Road in front of the new outdoor Vintage Market in Kathu at 3am yesterday morning.

Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the U-turn to find the truck and driver waiting. The driver of the truck was 36 year old Sontaya Suchata waiting in the middle of the U-turn area.

Nearby they found a damaged Honda PCX and 51 year old Claus Pathuel Jensen, a Danish national from Glostrup. He was found unconscious under the truck. He was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Police report that the truck was going to take a U-turn outside the market area. The truck driver says he was unaware that Mr Jensen was coming from behind in the right lane. The motorbike was unable to avoid the collision with the truck and Mr Jensen PCX ploughed into the rear of the vehicle.

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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