On the morning of December 26, 2004, a tsunami ripped through the Indian Ocean, hitting Thailand's Western Andaman Coast, leaving a path of destruction and devastation in its wake. According to the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, in Thailand 8,212 people died, 2,817 are still missing (presumed dead) and approximately 6,000 people were displaced by the natural disaster. People were left completely bewildered by the event, since no tsunami-related education or precautions had never been implemented or practiced within Thailand.
Ham Radio Operators and Rescue
Association of Phang Nga
The Ham Radio Operators and Rescue Association of Phang Nga is dedicated to helping provide a team of volunteers for immediate "manpower"to meet emergency needs.
US Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System Program: Phang Nga Provincial Overview Presentation
D-TRAC will be sharing the findings of recent research into the implementation and understanding of tsunami warning systems in Phang Nga Province.
WHAT'S NEW AT D-TRAC?
Introducing NGO coordination meetings at D-TRAC
On the 28th September D-TRAC hosted an NGO meeting for aid organizations interested in assisting with coordination of aid.
This was the first of several meetings providing an opportunity for NGO's to work collectively & strengthen their relationships.
In the Field
On August 18th, D-TRAC marked the end of a three-month, five province wide water and sanitation needs assessment commissioned by the American Red Cross.
Tsunami Legal Rights Aid Assistance Center
After 50 years of development service in the Asia Pacific region, The Asia Foundation has partnered with T-LAC to form the Tsunami Legal Rights Aid Assistance Center.
Based in Krabi, the T-LAC Foundation has over 60 staff working on legal rights issues, all of whom are long term volunteers.