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Local Thailand news coverage, useful links, news as well as hotels availabilities following Asian earthquake which caused the killer waves-tsunamis around the Indian Ocean and in Southwestern Thailand

Phuket / Krabi / Phi-Phi

Tsunami-wave flooding


Affected areas in the Indian Ocean
Affected areas in the Indian Ocean


Affected areas in Thailand
(Phuket, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Phang Nga, Khao Lak, Koh Lanta)
Thailand affected areas
Map Web Sawadee PCL

Animation of the tsunamis caused by the earthquake of December 26th, 2004 off Indonesia's Sumatra coasts...
Note: Koh Samui and Pattaya are NOT affected, as they are in the Gulf of Thailand (east cost)


General assessment by Web Sawadee PCL/Hotels Reservation System:

Given the extensive media coverage, we wish to inform of facts, which are not much present in the media:

Phuket: There is severe damage in the beach area of about 500m inwards. However, the impression that "Phuket is gone" is wrong. 80% of the hotels are unaffected and full operational. 10% have damages which can be repaired with 1-2 weeks.
Phuket is safe.
Most pictures you see on TV are now taken from the depot where they bring the rubble and trash from the clean-up efforts!

Krabi: Only a few selected areas (like Railay bay) got hit by the wave, but popular destinations like Ao Nang are totally safe. There is a protection wall in place for a long time already and even if the main road was flooded (and now cleaned up), 90% of the hotels are not damaged. Krabi is safe to visit.

Koh Phi-Phi: A large part of infrastructure was destroyed, leaving the island with only 3 full operational resorts. Many lives were lost on Phi-Phi.

Phang-Nga/Khao Lak: This area got the worst hit and has the highest number in lost of lives. Most parts of Khao-Lak are virtually destroyed and it will take time to get a picture of the full extent.
Khao Lak accounts for more than half of the death-toll.

Important:

The main damage to Krabi Ao-Nang is done by the media, not the wave. Because Phi-Phi belongs to Krabi Province, there is the wrong impression that Krabi mainland is heavily damaged. They are killing Krabi by thinking in Provincial categories, instead of differentiating between Krabi, Phi-Phi and Lanta!!

Summary:

With the exception of Phang-Nga/Khao Lak/Phi-Phi, the other destinations are not as bad as it appears in the media. What you see on TV are the sites of destruction, what you don't see is the 90% unaffected part of the area. It should also be mentioned that destinations like Samui and Pattaya are perfectly safe, as there was no Tsunami at all. Samui is in the Gulf of Thailand (east-coast) and not in the Indian ocean (west-coast).
Jan.2nd,2004 Web Sawadee PCL




How you can help?

YOU can help by NOT CANCELLING your visit to Thailand.
The Thai people rely on your visit to keep their jobs to survive.

And of course you can donate, here for example:
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies




To find details about relatives:

http://www.ems.narenthorn.thaigov.net/tsunami/login.php
User name = user
Password = password


Lists of injured and missing people:

http://www.disaster.go.th/news01/12_47/aftershock.htm
(Official website of the Thai government)
http://www.phuket-inter-hospital.co.th/vstoday_Forien.htm
http://www.wow.lk/aftermath/index.php
http://www.vachiraphuket.go.th/
http://www.phukethospital.com/
http://www.phuketitcity.com/
http://www.antalys.net/missingpeople
http://www.missingpersons.or.th


For the most updated information on stranded, injured or missing tourists,
please contact the embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

24-hour Coordinating Centre
An English language call centre set up for callers seeking information on foreign tourists

Telephone numbers: +66 2643 5262,
+66 2643 5000 ext. 5003, 5002


Web: Ministry of Foreign Affairs



Contact numbers and representatives on Phuket
Belgium: Ronny Elau 01-8339986.
Britain: Mel James 01-9157805.
Canada: Dico Tremblay 01-8438215.
France: Michel Frebourg 09-8101084.
Germany: Gaudian Lorg 09-0251612, 09-8951776.
India: D. Jayachandran 06-0716431, S. P. Singh 01-6842931.
Israel: Milan Simko 01-6290536.
Italy: Sabwa Sawtarossa 04-7252114, Sevwo Mariella 09-0087438.
Kazakhstan: Saken Seidualiyev 09-8121105.
Kuwait: Faisal Almouttairy 01-9287378, 02-636640.
Norway: Bjorn Bjenkaas 09-4889002, “Gay” Tabtimsy 06-6989493.
Russia: Vladimir Pronin and Andrei Plam 01-9213280.
Spain: Augustin Rebollo 01-8687507, Saksoro Rochanasiri 01-6327864.
Sweden: Las Hamark 01-8192568, 01-8374519.
Turkey: Awni Aksoy 05-1546741.
Uzbekistan: Vali 01-8483845.

 

 

Embassies - Contact numbers
Australia 66(0) 2 287 2680
Belgium 66 (0) 2 679 5454
Canada 66 (0) 2 636 0540
China 66 (0) 2 245 7032-3 or 2 245 7036
Denmark 66 (0) 2 213 2021-5 or 245 7036
Finland 66 (0) 2 256 9306-9
France 66 (06) 2 266 8250-6 or 2 266 0550-3
Germany 66 (0) 2 287 9000
Ireland 66 (0) 638 0303
Israel 66 (0) 2 260 4854-9
Italy 66 (0) 2 285 4090-3
Japan 66 (0) 2 252 6151-9
South Korea 66 (0) 2 247 7537
Netherlands 66 (0) 2 254 7701-5
New Zealand 66 (0) 2 254 2530
Norway 66 (0) 2 261 0230-5
Russia 66 (0) 2 234 9824
Singapore 66 (0) 2 286 1434
South Korea 66 (0) 2 247 7537
Spain 66 (0) 2 252 6112
Sweden 66 (0) 2 263 7211 or 2 263 7239
Switzerland 66 (0) 2 253 0156
Taiwan 66 (0) 2 670 0200-1
United Kingdom 66 (0) 2 3058333
USA 66 (0) 2 205 4000


More adresses of foreign embassies in Thailand

 

 

Emergency and other useful numbers
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
24-HOUR CO-ORDINATING CENTRE
An English language call centre set up for callers seeking information on foreign tourists
+66 2643 5262
+66 2643 5000
ext. 5003, 5002

Website:
www.mfa.go.th

PHUKET EMERGENCY RESCUE CENTRE +66 7621 7833
ROYAL THAI NAVAL CENTRE
Specific enquiries about tourists stranded on the island
+66 7639 1590
+66 7639 1598
PATONG BEACH EMERGENCY RESCUE CENTRE (Thung Thong Police Station) +66 7632 1182
THALANG DISTRICT TOURIST ASSISTANCE CENTRE, PHUKET +66 7631 1057
KRABI EMERGENCY RESCUE CENTRE +66 7561 1312
PHANG-NGA EMERGENCY RESCUE CENTRE +66 7641 2526
+66 7644 0446
KOH YAO EMERGENCY RESCUE CENTRE +66 7639 1598
RANONG EMERGENCY RESCUE CENTRE +66 7782 3257
SATUN EMERGENCY RESCUE CENTRE +66 7478 3485
TRANG EMERGENCY RESCUE CENTRE +66 7521 0099
ROYAL THAI NAVY UNIT
Search and rescue operations
+66 2475 4251
PHUKET PROVINCIAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS +66 7621 2046
PHUKET TOURIST POLICE +66 7635 5015
EMERGENCY RESCUE CENTRE
+66 7621 4492 or
+66 1 643 2755

 

 

Police stations:

http://www.anuphas.co.th/phuket/picweb/patong.html
http://www.anuphas.co.th/phuket/picweb/kathu.html
http://www.anuphas.co.th/phuket/picweb/thalang.html




 

Some pictures and animations of the disaster
Grafics and images from New York Times

 




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