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Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?  
User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

A huge earthquake sent walls of water sweeping
across the Indian Ocean from Thailand to Somalia.

42.000 dead is reported right now.

1.500 swedish tourists is still missing.

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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

1,500?? Wow, that's terrifying.

I heard is that there were tourists from 24 different countries in the region when the Earthquake/Tsunamis hit. Of course most from western countries: Europe, Japan, the United States, and a few others.

At last report, the Argentine embassies in Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia said 52 argentines were identified but there are still missing, virtually all of them tourists. The numbers are conflicting between two dozen and nearly 100. There are also Malaysian, Indian, and Burmese people in Argentina who cannot located their relatives back home.



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User currently offlineLtbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13088 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

This may be one of the most deadly Tusami related disaster in modern history. Latest numbers are about 42,000 dead and keeps going up. I would suspect that the numbers may reach over 100,000 dead/missing/presumed dead in the next several weeks, plus many more from diseases and bad sanitation. many places have yet to be reached to determine the losses.
I agree that this may be one of the worst losses of life of tourists due to a natural disaster in modern history. There could be over 1000 foreign tourists lost/killed in the region in this horrible disaster. There are of course many tourists whom have survived, but at least they do have a place and some family to go home to. Many surviving locals in the disaster zone probably lost everything they owned, their income, friends and family members.
May God help help these people.


User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

Around 20.000 swedish tourists is expected to be in Thailand during this week.

Our gvmt have press conference with our PM and all the major top politicians every day so it is maybe, for our country, the worst accident ever in modern time. Worse than m/s Estonia who went down in the Baltic Sea in sep 1994.
892 people was killed then.

New facts now: 1.600 swedish tourists is missing.

On one beach with mainly swedish and german touristst did they today find 700 dead people...


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

According to tour operators are 8.000 German tourists in the affected countries (excluding the tourists who didn't book a package tour!). Currently, Thomas Cook doesn't have contact to 300 customers and TUI doesn't have contact to 80 customers.

Damn, my girlfriend and I were on Phuket just one and a half months ago.

Patrick


User currently offlineOYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

I think that the one we just have seen is the worst I have ever seen.
I just watched the Swedish press conference and the danish press conference.

So far 7 danish people are dead. And over 200 are missing.  Sad


User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

This is just awful!

My thoughts goes to the swedes that may be alive and those who didnt make it  Sad

Micke//SE



Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

We don't know if this would be the worst 'tourism' disaster. Just how many of those killed are actually tourists? And how many of them are locals?

8 Aussies are confirmed dead. 20 are hospitalised. And the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says that up to 8,000 are still unaccounted for.


User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

From what I hear, at least 8 Americans are dead and many missing. To also think, many Indonesian, Thai, Indian, Sri Lankan, etc. expats from the US who had gone to visit family must have also been killed.  Sad

I suppose those "Phuket Air" images from Election season won't mean the same thing anymore.



"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1360 times:

A dead person is a dead person, swedish, american, german or local Thai, Sri Lankan, Indonesian etc and even as far away as Somalia... (Over 100 people are dead along the Somalian coast after the wave hit their coast.)

Lets pray for them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1355 times:

I agree, the world needs to remember this event.


"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1348 times:

I´m still in chock, Andamans and Nicobars seem one of the worst affected,
some tribes that lived there for thousands of year can be gone.
I read in my LP-book about A&N that Ross island which the Brits had as base
during their reign in India, was partly destroyed in june 1941 where roads and
buildings destroyed. Ross island is located just outside Port Blair, so I guess
it was 63 years ago since such a big earthquake in the region?


User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Series of 8 photos showing what happened -- taken from a hotel in Patong, and from news.com.au

Cascade ... the view from the photographer's hotel at Patong on the Thai Island of Phuket as water from the first tsunami laps up / Hellmut Issels

Gathering power ... massive palms in the water's path of fury are swmped as its momentum builds through the trees and to the hotel, carrying beach furniture and debris along / Hellmut Issels

Horror ... a Thai man clings to trees and anything he can grab onto in a vain bid to survive as the mass of water surges, builds and sweeps everything before it / Hellmut Issels

Taken ... the man begins to lose his fight as tonnes of water dump on the beach. He is no longer able to cling to safety and is swept away / Hellmut Issels

Doomed ... The man struggles to keep his head above water as he is buffetted by the currents. His body was found a kilometre away / Hellmut Issels

Flow of fear ... the huge body of water from the tsunami reaches its peak, rushes and swirls before unleashing even more relentless power and destruction on the beach resort / Hellmut Issels

Washed away ... the epic volume of water starts to recede, spelling even more peril for anyone and anything in its path as it smashes it way through the island and back out to sea / Hellmut Issels

Calm ... aside from the smashed huts and uprooted trees, sunny, picturesque Phuket belies the havoc wreaked as a result of the worst earthquake in 40 years / Hellmut Issels


I think this Hellmut Issels is quite lucky to have actually survived this.

Just look at this other photo of his.



[Edited 2004-12-28 17:46:08]

User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5386 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

Yahoo now reports 11 Americans dead in the tsunamis and only 500 survivors found on Chowra after the island was thought to have been washed away.


South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineCorpsnerd09 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1303 times:

54,000 Still missing almost 3 days later!


If you really want to do it, you will find a way; if you don't, you'll make excuses.
User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

+100000 seem to be to little among the casualites, +27k only in Indonesia and rising.

User currently offlineChrista From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

Why do these things happen?

Makes me wonder if EVERYONE including myself who has some very strong views should realise that human life is far more important that anything else..

Regards,

Chris


User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1282 times:

This is truly terrible and starting to get beyond belief, my thoughts and prayers are with all the people that lost or still havent found out about their loved ones yet...be it Swedish, German, American or any other nationality.

User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

Btw, is there any reports of how Bali is affected by this, or at all? I havent seen anything about it anywhere, only that about 27.000 people are pressumed dead in the whole of Indonesia.

User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1275 times:

that is just a distrubing series of pictures.

knowing that the people in the photos being swept away are probably dead is truly disturbing.

the stories coming out of people caught up in the wave(s) and losing loved ones that they were together with at the moment of impact is so disturbing it is nearly sickening to think of what these people have gone through.

some mentioned this on another thread, but really if you have the capability to do so, help out at http://www.redcross.org


User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

Thailand is one of the most popular countries for vacations for many europeans during the winter. Many families with young children goes there and it is a lot of them missing now.

From Stockholm and two other swedish cities is it many weekly flights to Phuket. And Thai is flying a 747-400, 4 times per week non-stop from Stockholm to Bangkok with connections to Phuket.
Flying time from Sweden to Thailand is around 11 hours non-stop.


User currently offlineDC9 From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1199 times:

This is a true tragedy.

Just found out that the father of one of my old schoolmates is missing. Moreover reports that many of the frequent customers from work have gone missing as well.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 1183 times:

I heard claims on www.bbc.co.uk "have your say" that Bali been affected, some people claim to just made it.


User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 1166 times:


SAS is flying down 3 of their 330/340´s to Thailand. Dec.30-31 & Jan.1 to pick up stranded scandinavians  Big thumbs up

Micke



Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineFLVILLA From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 394 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 1158 times:

Just watched various TV stations and looks like something at the moment of around 59,000 possibly dead and a British newspaper says that there was 10,000 brits in the area at that time and that the foreign office is taking hours to get thru to on the phone because there are so many people missing.

Such an aweful event espescially on the day that thousands of people where praying to God !!



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