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Damage to Countries - Thailand

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Source: CIA World Factbook

The Thai government reports 5,246 missing and estimates that 8,000 are likely to have died. Several popular tourist resorts such as Phuket, Khao Lak and the Phi Phi Islands were hit hard by the waves. The resort area of Khao Lak report 3,950 confirmed deaths and the final count may very well exceed 4,500.

Hundreds of holiday bungalows on the Phi Phi Islands were washed out to sea. Bhumi Jensen, grandson of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was among those killed. A large number of foreigners holidaying at these resorts were among the dead as well.

The tourism and fishing sectors have been adversely affected by the aftermath of the tsunami. The beach resorts along the Andaman Sea coast have been extensively damaged it will take many years for recovery. Numerous hotels and small businesses have been ruined and the price for recovery will be extremely costly.


Note: The following videos are in the public domain and are taken from The Internet Archive.

Video footage of damage to Koh Lanta, Thailand
Video Footage - Koh Lanta, Thailand

Rooftop view of two huge waves battering buildings along coastline of Patong Beach.
Video Footage - Patong Beach, Thailand

Ghosts in Phuket?

Reference (text):
International Herald Tribune. The ghosts of Phuket. Retrieved April 21, 2005, from http://nguoi-viet.com/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=21319&z=9
Background Picture Source: Ferien Phuket


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  • Tide of Grief. Newsweek. Retrieved February 24, 2005, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake

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