14 Czechs still missing after the earthquake disaster
Two weeks after the earthquake disaster in Southeast Asia the search for people unaccounted for continues. So far there has been only one Czech tourist declared dead, but the authorities are seriously worried that eight other people have died, and a total of 14 Czechs are still missing.
Earlier today I called the Czech ambassador in Thailand Jiri Sitler to ask him how the work is progressing.
"Right now I am at a police station in Phuket. We are checking some photographs of the deceased as well as items that were left by the survivors. My colleagues in Bangkok are assessing the injuries of the last Czech tourist in the area to enable his transfer back home. They are also checking the hospitals in Bangkok in case there are some other Czechs injured, of whom we don't know. Later today I will take part in a meeting of EU embassies here. The main focus will be identification of the deceased."
"It is definitely the most desired destination for Czech tourists and every year there are more and more Czech tourists coming. I think last year the number was about fifteen or sixteen thousand."