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June 26, 2005

NPR updates Khao Lak and Phuket (and Sri Lanka)

NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday updated the situation in Khao Lak area and Phuket this morning. They interviewed a woman helping the Bang Muang school, a 600-student school where 45-50 kids lost one or two parents and watched their homes get destroyed. The woman's husband was a police officer protecting the king's grandson, who was killed in the tsunami nearby while jet skiing.

Apparently there are still some people missing, and they have been searching hotel basements to make sure they have discovered all of the bodies. Other than that, a lot of groups are transitioning from emergency relief to long term care, much as TsunamiVolunteer was when I returned from Khao Lak. Some of the care includes teaching English so that the Thais are qualified for jobs catering to tourists, selling crafts in the craft shop, continuing to build furniture for area schools, and offering counseling for survivors. (Tsunami Volunteer currently does not offer counseling services, but other aid agencies do.) All of these tasks require money, so if you would like to help, please click here and let them know that you heard about them through me. You may earmark your donation toward any of their projects.

Phuket is ready for more tourists, and is trying to get the word out. Quiet beaches, discounted airfares... personally I recommend Thailand and its lovely hospitality for a grand vacation. And, there's great climbing in Krabi!

The report from Sri Lanka today was not as rosy. They are just now building sturdier temporary structures to replace the tents where people have been living. The devastation has been much more extensive, and it sounded like they are just now doing things that Thailand was able to do months ago.

Posted by sedda at June 26, 2005 07:37 AM