Tsunami impact in Shan State remembered
As hundreds of thousands of people in Thailand and other countries suffered by the giant waves of tsunami on 26 December 2004, many places in southern Shan State were also destroyed by the 6.4 on Richter scale earthquakes that followed its devastating forerunner from Indonesia, according to a survivor from Shan State.
By Hseng Khio
26 December 2008
In Namzang township, strong tremors hit three times: one on 26 December at 7:00 pm, another on 27 December at nighttime and the third in the early morning of 28 December. Many houses collapsed and most walls fell down.
“People were shouting and running out from their houses,” he said. “Many of them lost their homes. They had to sleep and eat on the road. No one came to help and gave nothing. There were no temporary shelters to stay and preliminary assistance to receive.”
Out of over 70 houses in their quarter, about 50 houses collapsed.
Two people were killed and the umbrella from the Wan Pong pagoda was torn down too, according to the SHAN report at that time.
Some buildings in Langkher, 57 miles south of Namzang, were also reported to have crumbled and two other towns Loilem and Panglong, 15 miles and 21 miles respectively west of Namzang were also hit.
According to Myanmar Time, 6 states and divisions including Shan State were struck by the tsunami that had left 64 dead, 56 wounded and over 600 households ruined.