PART 2 THAILAND S RESPONSE TO THE
TSUNAMI
The Royal Thai Government led an effective emergency
(SAR) of survivors and the recovery and identification
response to the largest natural disaster in Thailand s
of human remains;  phase two on preventing infec 
history, including a massive forensic operation for
tious diseases and secondary losses amongst those
identifying the bodies of thousands of foreign visitors
who survived the tragedy;  and phase three on re 
and Thai citizens.  Basic humanitarian needs of local
construction and longer term rehabilitation of those
communities were addressed within days.   Most of the
affected.
reconstruction and rehabilitation has been completed
and the longer term recovery of the local economy
Search for Survivors
and communities is now the major focus of the national
response.
The entire civil and military apparatus of the RTG was
mobilized to cope with the massive emergency
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One year after the tsunami, Thailand is now faced with
response.  The foremost priority was clearly the search
MA
a number of longer term challenges to ensure the
and rescue operations.  Thousands of people, including
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sustainable recovery of affected communities.   Issues
many foreign tourists, were stranded on small islands
S T
of key concern include the need for solving land disputes,
and remote beaches.
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addressing the housing situation, livelihood recovery
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of poorer and vulnerable communities, rights of migrant
Helicopters of the Royal Navy were pressed into service
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workers, long term social protection, improved local
to search for and evacuate survivors and to deliver
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governance and community participation, environ 
essential supplies.   The Royal Navy aircraft carrier was
OPS
mental rehabilitation, and community based disaster
stationed outside Phuket to support SAR operations.
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preparedness.
The Third Fleet stationed in Phuket, the Phang Nga
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naval base and the Air Coastal Defence Command sent
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ships for search and rescue missions on Surin and Phra
AIL
I Emergency Response
Thong Islands and to other affected areas.   Military
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personnel were also deployed to search for survivors
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Thailand adopted a three phase response strategy to
in the Khao Lak area in Phang Nga.  More than 5,000
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the disaster.   Phase one focused on search and rescue
soldiers joined 20,000 local officials and volunteers
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