Ghosts of The Tsunami

Lek looks nervously at the Patong sea shore as he describes the passengers who climbed into his tuk tuk minivan late at night on 6 January. “Go to Kata Beach”, the seven foreign tourists told him, after agreeing on a 200 baht fee. He drove a while, but then felt numb all over his body. Looking around he saw the cab was empty.

He had had what he thinks was an encounter with the ghosts that many say are haunting the beaches and resorts on Thailand’s Andaman coast. And the religious charms he wears around his neck are not helping him overcome his fears. “I can’t get over this. I’m going to have to get a new job. I have a daughter to support, but I’m too scared to go out driving at night,” he said.

Other apparitions which have been reported include a foreign woman, whose screams echo through the night from the wreckage of a hotel that was particularly badly hit. A security guard on the site has already left his job because he could not bear it anymore. In Khao Lak, a local family say their telephone constantly rings through the day and night. When answered, the voices of friends and relatives cry out to be rescued from the flames of the crematorium…

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