Services remembering the tsunami victims were held in six southern coastal provinces of Thailand, because they all shared in this tragedy.
On the 14th anniversary of Thailand’s only recorded tsunami, relatives of those killed by the waves gathered yesterday to remember their loved ones.
“I lost 11 family members in that tsunami and I could not locate all their bodies,” Pranee Kaewdecha said, as she brought white roses to a tsunami memorial at Ban Nam Khem in Phang Nga province. She said laying flowers was the only thing she could do to have the feeling as if her family members were still with her.
Ban Nam Khem was among the hardest-hit spots when giant waves crashed onto the shores of Thailand’s Andaman provinces on December 26, 2004.
After the waves disappeared, more than 5,000 people were also gone.
“I have decided to never step into seawater again because the sea took away my four year old child,” said a grief-stricken mother.
David Rucker, an American, said he still could not get over the heartbreaking loss inflicted by the tsunami on Thailand. While his family members and close friends were visiting Phang Nga, devastating waves hit and killed them.
“Because of what happened, I have come here every year to mourn the passing of my loved ones,” he said.
In Krabi’s Muang district, more than 500 people gathered to make merit for those who died on what much of the world calls the Boxing Day Tragedy. Religious services were conducted based on Buddhist, Christian and Islamic beliefs.
“We come here not only to remember those who are gone but also to keep in mind that one should be well prepared to deal with natural disasters that may arise,” Deputy Krabi Governor Somkuan Khan-ngern said.
In the aftermath of the deadly waves, early-warning towers have gone up in Thailand.
“In Phuket alone, we have 19 such towers,” Phuket’s disaster-prevention-and-mitigation chief Praphan Khanprasaeng said.
According to him, each tower’s warning signal can cover an area within a radius of one or two kilometres. The signal is tested every Wednesday.
“Our early-warning system for a tsunami threat is 100 per cent efficient,” Praphan said.
He said if a tsunami threat was detected, the National Disaster Warning Centre would issue an early warning and people in risky areas would be evacuated. Praphan added that evacuation routes had already been prepared to ensure swift action in times of emergency.
The memorial services in Phuket attracted people of various nationalities including Chinese, Japanese, Americans, Australians and Germans. Some more intimate beach memorials were also held by groups of friends.
Although Thailand has not yet seen another tsunami, tsunamis have hit its neighbouring Indonesia several times this year. The latest tsunami tragedy to strike Indonesia took place last Saturday, killing hundreds of tourists and locals.
SOURCE: The Nation
Italians, Thais and Burmese arrested for illegally fishing in Phang Nga national park
Two Italians, three Thais and a Burmese man have been caught fishing illegally in the Mu Koh Similan National Park area off the Phang Nga coast yesterday. Private fishing is illegal inside the marine national park area.
The head of the Mu Koh Similan National Park Ruamsin Manajongjaroen says that officers were notified that the boat had been spotted catching fish near Koh Yuyong or ‘Island 1’ inside the national park area.
The speedboat ‘Nikola’ was located in the national park area. Officials found 46.5 kilograms of fish along with 29 fishing rods and other fishing equipment. Items and fish seized were valued around 2,107,000 baht, including the boat.
Six people have been arrested including two Italians, Claudio Bonfatti and Mario Vincenzo Biccai, both 70 years old. Three Thais were the boat captain, 35 year old Prasert Klasueak, 35 year old Prasert Guansamrong, a tour crew for the fishing company and 52 year old Wichart Damyod. The other person on board was the Burmese boat crew.
They were all taken to Kura Buri Police Station in Phang Nga for further legal action.
Man charged after stabbing Australian tourist in Phang Nga
A man has been charged after stabbing an Australian tourist who sustained serious injuries in Phang Nga yesterday.
The Khao Lak Police were notified that the Australian man sustained injuries after being stabbed at a bar in Takua Pa, Phang Nga last evening.
The injured man is 44 year old Australian tourist William Mark Wayne. He was rushed to Takua Pa Hospital where he is now recovering after doctors were able to stem the bleeding. He is currently in a stable condition.
Police say that Mr Wayne was drinking at a bar with male and female Thai friends. The suspect name Chanin ‘Tiw’ Innarong parked his car in front of the bar.
He walked straight up to one of the woman and told her that he wanted her shirt that she was wearing. (The reason for his demands are not clear at this stage)
She told Chanin that she will give it him later as she couldn’t take it off at the time. Thanin insisted that he wanted the shirt. A scuffle developed as the man tried to pull the shirt off her.
Mr Wayne thought that Chanin was violently attacking the woman and tried to jump in to protect her. Chanin was angry and hit out at Mr Wayne, according to the police report. He used a knife to stab Mr Wayne on his right and left arms, stomach and collarbone. After that Thanin sped away.
Police soon after arrested Thanin at a night club in Khao Lak. Police have seized the six inche knife. He was taken to Khao Lak Police Station where he is facing charges of intent to kill and carrying knife in public without reason.
Dolphins playing off Phang Nga – VIDEO
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Wow Andaman
Lots of dolphins have been sighted near the Koh Similan group in Phang Nga.
The Wow Andanman tour manager says, “the tour was on a speedboat with tourists yesterday morning near Koh Similans yesterday. They say they sighted lots of dolphins which were playing around the boat.”
Those dolphins were heading to the north at Koh Tachai and Mu Koh Surin. This was the third time this month that we have sighted these wonderful marine creatures. Last time we sighted a False Killer Whale and Bryde’s whale.
About ten killer whales have been sited off Koh Similans in the Andaman off the Khao Lak coast this month.
Read more HERE.
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