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The people of Phuket are planning to honor those who died in the tsunami that struck nine years ago with a ceremony at the Tsunami Memorial Wall in Mai Khao that will be followed by the traditional ‘Light Up Phuket’ candle lighting ceremony on Patong Beach.
The ceremony, that will take place on December the 26th will begin at 8-30am with welcoming speeches before a minute of silence that will be observed at 9-30 before a multi faith service will take place. Wreaths will be laid along the wall from 10-30am. It is expected that proceedings will draw to a close at around noon.
At 6.30pm the annual Light Up Phuket candle lighting ceremony will be held on Patong Beach where each year thousands of people turn out to dig holes in the sand to place lit candles to remember the tsunami victims. This year the memorial will take place at Loma Park.
The 2004 Tsunami killed 5,398 people according to official Thai figures and 3,700 more disappeared in the waves that struck Phuket on December 26th, the disaster in total is estimated to have taken up to 280,000 lives across the Indian Ocean.
Hundreds of tourists, local residents, ex-pats and migrant workers died or went missing in Phuket as well as Phi Phi that was very badly affected by the waves and in Phang Nga province, north of Phuket the death toll went into the thousands.