Today marks the one year anniversary of the Tsunami which killed so many people across Asia. In Thailand alone, 5,395 people are listed as dead. Half of these were foreigners who were on Christmas holidays at the time. As many as 2000 more are listed as missing. This is a time of quiet contemplation. Of the many natural disasters that hit around the world, this one, more than others, has affected many of us directly. Many readers here at Thai-Blogs and the forums have been on holiday to the affected areas. They could have easily been in those hotel rooms or beaches when the Tsunami struck. Indeed, there are some among us who were there one year ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who lost family or friends during the Tsunami.
A Thai woman prays after placing a portrait of a deceased relative among others during a Buddhist ceremony in Ban Muang temple to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Thailand’s Phang Nga Province, nearly 120 km (75 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket on December 25, 2005. Thousands of foreigners and locals gathered in southern Thailand to mark the anniversary where 5,395 people perished nearly a year ago. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)
Sculptures are displayed on Patong beach during a ceremony to mark the one year anniversary of the tsunami in Phuket southern of Thailand. (AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)
Sea gypsies release boats during the one year tsunami ceremony at Moken Community in Phang Nga southern Thailand. (AFP)