While the country tries to recover from one of the greatest natural disasters and human tragedies to befall it in living memory, Thailand’s voters are preparing to go to the polls. The massive tsunami waves hit only days after the election campaigning had begun. Some six thousand people died, at least half of them foreign tourists, and several thousand are still missing.
Thailand’s internationally renowned tourist resorts along the Andaman Sea were hardest hit. Buildings were ﬂattened, cars and motor bikes thrown everywhere. ‘It was like an atomic bomb had been dropped on the place,’ said Kevin, a young Australian, searching for his three travelling companions.