BANGKOK, 26 December 2014 – State agencies in Phuket and Phang-nga will today be holding memorial services for December 2004’s tsunami that killed at over 5,000 people in Thailand, on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.
The Phuket provincial administrative organization and the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center Region 18 will be hosting a lecture attended by community leaders, people who live or work in areas with tsunami risk, and those with duties related to disaster response. The lecture is aimed at creating disaster preparedness as well as boosting confidence on disaster-handling capacity.
Phuket Province’s memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami will take place this evening at Loma Park on Patong Beach.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is slated to travel to Phang-nga Province today to preside over another memorial service for those who perished in the disaster ten years ago. The service will be held in Khuekkhak sub-district, Takua Pa district, Phang-nga. Of the 6 provinces hit by the tsunami, Phang-nga took the heaviest toll of casualties with 4,225 dead, 5,597 injured, and 1,655 missing.