Six Months On
Challenges and achievements six months after the tsunami
Sources: Bangkok Post, The Nation, MCOT, ThaisNews
29 June 2005:
"Edutainment Boat" to rekindle love of sea of Tsunami devastated children
The idea, officially known as the Mobile Education Project, will have a fleet of two boats operated by the Pattanarak Foundation.
The project expected to begin in August, aims to support and complement conventional schools and help heal the bruised feelings of
children in tsunami-hit areas.
29 June 2005:
Only half of Land quarrels resolved to satisfaction
The December Tsunami affects a total of 412 villages in Southern Thailand with 15,000 people in 25 villages found their land
ownership rights erased or redrawn. A subcommittee particularly, set up to investigate and adjudicate these land disputes has
solved half the cases to the satisfaction of both officials and locals. But still there are 7,000 unsatisfied villagers in 14
cases. These unresolved cases involve disputes with private landowners in Phang Nga's Laem Pom, Nai Rai and Thab Tawan areas.
30 June 2005:
Phuket governor puts pressure on govt over warning system
The Phuket governor revealed that while the government had initially indicated that it would provide the budget for the warning
system, recent talks with key government figures had made it clear that no funding would be immediately forthcoming, and that
the local administrative organization should come up with the cash. Calling on the government to make up the shortfall, he
urged the agencies responsible to ensure that the island-wide system was installed by August in order to boost the confidence
01 July 2005:
DNA of tsunami survivors to be studied for trauma research
The DNA of tsunami survivors will be studied in a search for more effective treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
and other mental problems. The Bt28 million study is taken place at the Tsunami PTSD Genomics Centre which was opened in Bangkok
03 July 2005:
Thailand will hold a Tsunami memorial in December
Thailand will organise a grand ceremony in remembrance of the December's tsunami on December 26th, 2005. 120,000 people are
predicted to attend the event. The ceremony including religious rituals and tsunami-related activities would be held for approximately
five to seven days be broadcasted internationally.