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14:23pm, December 31 - More from Manager Daily
Another updated death toll was published at 1:00pm, but the numbers are just a dozen higher. More info from today's Manager Daily translated and summarized by Wisarut: There is only about a 20% chance that the missing people are still alive so the estimation of 7000 deaths is possible.
Furthermore, His Majesty's greeting card has been cancelled which is quite understandable since His Majesty lost his grandson, Khun Poom, who had planned to come and see him at Klai Kangwon Palace at Hua Hin on December 31, 2004. The tsunami also killed the bodyguards of Khun Poom as well. There is a plan for a statue of Khun Poom at the Mounted Police Field in Bang Bon and the police are going to posthumously promote Khun Poom to Pol. 2nd Lt.
Rescue officers at Phi Phi are required to wear gas masks since the odor from decomposed bodies is going to have a harmful effect on rescue officers.
13:38pm, December 31 - Japanese tsunami photos
Laurie pointed out KSL running these tsunami photos, however, we believe these are photos from an earlier tsunami event in Japan.
13:11pm, December 31 - Foreign embassies in Bangkok demand their nationals contact their loved ones
As message boards are being flooded with missing person posts and embassies are overwhelmed with requests as well, the foreign embassies in Bangkok are insisting that foreigners living in any part of Thailand let their loved ones know they are okay. Many people outside of Thailand seem to think that the disaster impacted the entire country--even Bangkok. The truth is that Thailand is a huge country and only a small section of its huge coastline was hit.
12:51pm, December 31 - Lastest official death toll at 8:00am
Info from today's Manager Daily translated
and summarized by Wisarut: There is another report that even
Phangnga alone has more than 4000 corpses so there could be a
lot more uncollected corpses. The bodies at Phangnga have piled
up in such extend that many rescue officers have vomited and need
to put ammonia into their masks.
From BoingBoing: Most shockingly tasteless tsunami-related headline award
Tsunamis shatter celebrity holidays - CNN
More here. We liked Oprah's Gay Designer Survives Tsunami (it seems CNN has now fixed this headline)
Photos from Patong Beach of the tsunami coming in to shore
Thanks to Nils for pointing out these incredible photos from Patong beach. Note one of the photos near the bottom which shows the empty bay and the giant wave rushing in.
Karabao song about the tragedy
Update on minor islands
* Mr. Boonchub Zaeaiew, a 40-year-old resident of Amphur Kratoo, Phuket , is one of the victims who survived and told his story to the press with tears in his eyes. He has nothing left. He, his wife, and his daughter sold food at the ground floor of Ocean Plaza Department store. He and his wife survived, but his daughter has been missing for four days so far. He complains why nobody has helped him to find his 14-year-old daughter. He says since he is not a famous person and not rich, nobody cares about this. Now he has no job, lost his daughter, and his car was broken up under the building. He has not got any help from the government. He wants nothing except his daughters body.
* In Phuket, Ms. Kanjana Adunyanukoson, the
head of the Rare Animal Group at the Research Institute of Sea Resources
helped a sea cow (dugong). It weighed 300 kgs, was 2.60 meters long,
and 40 years old. It was thrown by a giant wave from the sea and
when the water retreated it could not swim and was stuck in a moat.
After it was found, the officer releases it back into the sea near
a bridge at a military base.
Last official death toll posted
last night (December 30) at 9:00pm
What's on Thai TV
Wisarut reports: From the telephones the conversion between Khun Sorayut (a TV host in Thailand) and officers at Krabi Provincial Hall who handle body collecting, as well as Dr. Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunand [the famous forensic expert]: Those who work as corpse collectors at Phi Phi Island said they are too exhausted and frustrated with this job since they get very bad cooperation from Krabi Provincial Hall. The Governor of Krabi tried to find the executes so as to dodge any responsibilities for the frustration of the rescue officers. Khunying Pornthip also complained about the poor communication system. Khunying Pornthip and her coworkers in Phang Nga said AIS seems to let down their customers by failing to restore the mobile phone network while DTAC successfully restored their mobile phone networks on time. Furthermore, she needs more plastic bags to hold corpses as well as cooking utensils since the rations donated from the government require hot water to cook.
of Information on Tsunami in Burma - The Irrawaddy
* * * URGENT - RH(-) BLOOD DONORS REQUIRED * * *
There is an IMMEDIATE need for "RH, Negative" blood, of any group ('A', 'B', 'AB', 'O', etc.) at the National Blood Center (near Chulalongkorn Hopital). Tel: 0-2256-4300 or 0-2251-3111 ext: 114, 157, 161, 162 from 8.00 am-7.30 pm everyday - www.redcross.or.th
We understand that alternative donation points (from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm) are at the following Government Hospitals but please telephone in advance to ensure that your donation can be taken.
1. Chulalongkorn Hospital, Lumpini Pathumwan Rd - Tel. 02 252 8131-9
2. Police Hospital, Rama I Road, Pathumwan - Tel. 02-25281111-25 (NOT TAKING DONATIONS)
3. Phramongkutklao Hospital, Rajvithee Road, Rajthevee - Tel. 02 246 1400-24
4. Rajavithi Hospital, Prayathai Road, Rajatevee - Tel. 02354-8108-9
5. Siriraj Hospital, Pran-nok Road, Bangkok-noi - Tel. 02 419 7000
6. Lert Sin Hospital, Silom Road - Tel. 02 0-2353-9798-9
My thanks to David Tuck of Weber Shandwick for the following first-hand observations and information:-
I've just come back from the Thai Red Cross. Things are pretty hectic there. The main points I think you could share in an update are:
1) The over-riding priority is for RH Negative blood.
2) The Red Cross DON'T have any facilities to test on the spot whether your blood is Rh positive or negative. They are only doing this AFTER you've donated.
3) From start to finish the donation process is currently taking well over an hour - unless you know you are Rh negative in which case you'll be taken care of almost at once.
4) If you're unwell and are taking any medication (or have been in the past week), have high blood pressure or other contrary indicators, you may not be able to give blood (although I think if you're Rh negative they'd be much more lenient).
In summary, I think that the best advice is that if you know for sure that you are Rh negative - please do what you can to donate. But if you don't know, then it may actually be less helpful to go along, because of system overload.
* * * FINANCIAL DONATIONS * * *
Many people have asked how they may make a financial donation to the emergency relief effort in Phuket. Our current information is the following:-
H.M. THE KING'S FOUNDATION (Rajaprajanugros Foundation)
Currently donations can only be accepted via cheque to : 1034 Krungkasem Road, Khlong Mahanak, Pom Prab Sattru Phai Bangkok 10100
Tel. 02 281 1902 , 02 628 3467 , 02 282 9595-6
THAI RED CROSS
Name of Account: Thai Red Cross
Bank: Siam Commercial Bank.
Account No.: 045-2-88000-6
Type of Account: savings
Branch: Thai Red Cross
If you would like a receipt for your donation please fax a copy of the pay-in slip to the Thai Red Cross at fax: 0 2252 7976
Alternatively, send an SMS to 4520000 with keyword "rc" for donation to the relief effort. The service enables consumers that have a DTAC, AIS or Orange subscription to make a 10 baht donation by submitting an SMS with keyword "rc" to access number 4520000. The consumer will receive a thank you message from the Thai Red Cross confirming that the donation has been received. The service is now publicised on the Thai Red Cross Home Page:
You have to scroll down a bit on the page to see. In addition, Red Cross publicises this service via TV and radio broadcasting partners.
THAI GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF
Name of Account: OPM DISASTER RELIEF
Bank: Saving Bank
Account No.: 00-0025-20-014972-3
Type of Account: Savings
Branch: Government House
If you would like a receipt for your donation please fax a copy of the pay-in slip to Goverment House at fax: 0 2281 4150 or 0 2282 3376
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