View Full Version : 9 Years Later....

26-12-2013, 08:29 PM
Exactly 9 years ago, tsunami struck SEAsia... and the areas hit badly was Aceh, Phuket, Kuala Muda, Penang, Maldives and Sri Lanka and the south-eastern coasts of India and some east African states.

It might be 9 years but the sights of dead bodies, the stench of dead corpses, the destruction, the tears and the cries of those who survived - they are all still fresh in my mind.

I was working in Bandar Seri Begawan in 2004. When I saw the news on TV and had a call from my employer in Singapore to head a volunteer team to Meulaboh, I packed only a few T-shirts, underwears and just the jeans I wore...

We donated 100,000 bottles of mineral water - those in 40 litre bottles used for water dispensers (Ice Mountain brand) and it took about 6 Chinook helicopters from Singapore Air Force to deliver to Meulaboh, near Aceh.

Yes, 9 years later, the memories are still fresh... the sights and the scents still remain with me... I pray it will never ever happen again to anybody anywhere in this world...

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26-12-2013, 10:35 PM
Thought there was something odd, so I checked it out.....Bro, just to let you know, that video is not of Banda Aceh.....though the 'Title says so'.....anyway the poster kena bantai on YT oledi :).....its the floods in Jeddah in 2009.

Here's the video of the 2004 Boxing Day tragedy in Aceh......its a good one with a breakdown of how it unfolded.


27-12-2013, 12:58 PM
lost 1 diving friend in Khao Lak...and a bunch of diver friends were actually underwater diving off Pulau Weh, when they felt the surge of current...they surfaced ok only to witness the aftermath in Bandar Acheh.

I was in Karon Beach just 6days earlier...then I was responsible for 7 kids all under 10yrs old and 3 adults (all lacking even the basic survival skills in anything, except maybe mall shopping!) to supervise. *shivering* to think if that tsunami had struck 6days earlier or later...

1 year later, I rode up to Khao Lak. Everything had changed for the 'better'*. The force of nature can be seen in the tallest & strongest trees left standing...their top branches, some 10m up, were snapped like twigs! but they stood their ground. Countless died here, with untold thousands upon thousands of illegal myanmarese totally unknown/unaccounted for...no one but God/Allah/Jesus/Mighty Nibokanizer/Buddha know.

anyway, they do keep the memory alive up in LOS...


Yang Blessed ToonIstimewaUtamaXlatotupai:cool:

*better in having newer resorts etc but bad news also emerged of many families been wiped out and suddenly many new bangkokians emerged as the new land lord...but thats another Thai story lah :-)

27-12-2013, 01:37 PM
An old Coca-Cola factory on the eastern shore of Sri Lanka, which its old bottling plant/machineries anchored onto concrete floor with big bolts and nuts was washed away just like that and the plant engineer, and old pal who helped me aligned the old bottling plant up in Sungai Nyior in Butterworth back in 1998/9, was there and got washed away too....

Another colleague, an American expatriate, left his wife and daughter to continue their breakfast on the groundfloor coffeehouse of a hotel in Phuket and he went upstairs to collect his laptop. When he was in the room upstairs, he couldn't get down again as all the hotel lifts were jammed... he lost his whole family then....

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27-12-2013, 02:01 PM
if there ever was 1 lesson I learnt from my house help...

Yustina came from Flores and she said that when the sea receded, their whole village will very quickly run to the high ground/hills yonder...they learnt too from their nenek moyang...Now I see on many islands including the remote Ko Kradan, the LOS authority had put up many big signages asking people to run in a particular direction, in event of a tsunami warning... :eek: