27 December 2004

Tsunami slams resort island

Bangkok - At least 10 people were killed, 200 injured and several others were missing on Sunday after a series of tsunamis caused by a massive earthquake off Indonesia hit Thailand's popular resort island of Phuket, hospital staff and officials said.

"Now we have at least 10 dead and more than 100 injuries, while other injured have been sent to other hospitals," an official at the state-run Thalang Hospital told AFP.

The secretary of Thailand's meteorological department, Supareuk Tansriratanawong, said 200 people had been injured by the huge waves, which flooded several beach resorts and the main town of Patong on the west side of the island.


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