Bofredrik
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Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:14 am

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.
 
Derico
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:24 am

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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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:29 am

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.
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:30 am

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...
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:39 am

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.

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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:40 am

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
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:02 am

This is just awful!

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

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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:19 am

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.
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:21 am

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.
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:27 am

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:30 am

I agree, the world needs to remember this event.
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:34 am

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?
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:35 am

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]
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:23 am

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.
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:27 am

54,000 Still missing almost 3 days later!
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:28 am

+100000 seem to be to little among the casualites, +27k only in Indonesia and rising.
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:29 am

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..

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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:38 am

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.
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:44 am

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
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:20 am

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.
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:47 am

I heard claims on www.bbc.co.uk "have your say" that Bali been affected, some people claim to just made it.
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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:16 am


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

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RE: Worst Tourism Diaster Ever?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:21 am

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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