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PM wants better Tsunami warning systems

Posted by Dave on 20 September 2007, 2:48 pm

The earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia last week had many Southeast Asian and Pacific countries on edge once again, though damage from the quake was limited to the coast of the Indonesian island. The results of the quake for Thailand is that Prime Minister Surayad Chulanot found the early warning systems that are now in place to be inadequate.

In the six provinces that spread across the Andaman coastline, the PM wants certain improvements made, such as more warning towers, said Smith Dharmasarojana, the chairman of the National Disaster Warning Center.

A meeting was held between the NDWC and politicians and agencies for disaster response in the six Andaman provinces of Thailand. Thankfully the quake left Thailand unaffected but the issue of improvements to systems as become all the more apparent with a system that many say reacts too slowly to be of any real benefit.

Smith reported to the delegates that there was not enough money available to make significant changes at the moment, but deferral of funds form other provinces would be considered.

The PM stated his desire to see Tsunami shelters in key tourist areas like Krabi and the island of Ko Phi Phi to keep visitor confidence high and show that the country is prepared should another title wave threaten the coast.

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