Thai PM to lead envoys, kin of 2004 tsunami victims to memorial event

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will lead foreign envoys and relatives of the 2004 tsunami victims to a memorial marking the 10th anniversary of the disaster in Phang Nga province on December 26.

Sihasak Phuangketkeow, permanent secretary of the Foreign Ministry, announced yesterday that his office, the Interior Ministry's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department and the Thai Red Cross Society would host the Tsunami 10th Anniversary Memorial Event on December 26-27 at the Tsunami Police Boat 813 Memorials in Takua Pa district.

Prayut will preside over the opening of the event on December 26 - which is expected to have up to 1,300 attendees - and thank those who provided aid after the devastating disaster, Sihasak said. On the following day, the group will visit the Ban Nam Khem and Chai Pattana-Kachad Thai (Ban Thung Rak) villages, which exemplified post-tsunami rehabilitation.