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The Indian Ocean tsunami : socio-economic impacts in Thailand.

Rigg, J. and Law, L. and Tan-Mullins, M. and Grundy-Warr, C. (2005) 'The Indian Ocean tsunami : socio-economic impacts in Thailand.', The geographical journal., 171 (4). pp. 374-379.


On the morning of 26 December 2004 large areas of coastal southern Thailand were transformed when a tsunami, generated by a powerful submarine earthquake in the Indian Ocean, swept ashore. Officially, there were 5395 confirmed deaths in Thailand with another 2932 people listed as missing. In February 2005 a team led by Dr Ben Horton of the University of Pennsylvania was awarded an SGER grant by the National Science Foundation to undertake exploratory research on the tsunami in Malaysia and Thailand. This report summarizes the preliminary conclusions of the social science element of the Thai fieldwork. The team undertook fieldwork in three main sites during July 2005: Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Khao Lak. We chose Koh Phi Phi as a small, tourist (backpacker)-oriented island economy with high levels of damage and casualties; Koh Lanta as a site with a significant population of fisherfolk with a long presence in the area; and Khao Lak as a mainland site with the highest number of casualties in Thailand and with a mixed tourism-fishing economy.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Natural disaster, Hazard, Crisis, Local impact, Rehabilitation, Recovery.
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