Friday, 26 December 2008

2004 Tsunami remembrance

2004 Tsunami remembrance

It's 4 years ago now that the Indian ocean earthquake occurred that triggered the Tsunami which hit the shores of Thailand and many other countries in the region, taking many lives.
In remembrance to all the victims and also for the survivors who had the hard task to pick up the pieces and continue live without loved ones.

This picture may give an idea about the devastation that rocked Khao Lak in Phang Nga province back in 2004. The front area, near to the beach was completely wiped out and the more in land you went, the more of buildings structures evolved until you actually found complete houses again, some 100 meters away from the beach.

I visited Khao Lak in March 2005, just 3 months after the Tsunami and people were already starting to rebuild Khao Lak, despite the wide spread devastation.

Amongst the rubble near the beach I found this little statuette, looking desperate, fitting the occasion.

The Police boat that got swept in land a couple of hundred meters by the waves. To the best of my knowledge, this boat is still at the same location as a monument.
Here's a link to some before/after space areal pictures of Khao Lak in relation to the Tsunami.
Mid January I will visit Khao Lak again, to dive the Similan islands and I will be able to report about the changes in Khao Lak since the Tsunami.


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