State agencies in Phuket and Phang-nga on December 26 held memorial services for December 2004's tsunami that killed over 5,000 people in Thailand, on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.

The Phuket provincial administrative organisation and the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center Region 18 hosted a lecture attended by community leaders, people who live or work in areas with tsunami risk, and those with duties related to disaster response. The lecture is aimed at creating disaster preparedness as well as boosting confidence on disaster-handling capacity.

Phuket Province's memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami took place at Loma Park on Patong Beach.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was slated to go to Phang-nga province to preside over another memorial service for those who perished in the disaster ten years ago.

The service was held in Khuekkhak sub-district, Takua Pa district, Phang-nga. Of the six provinces hit by the tsunami, Phang-nga took the heaviest toll of casualties with 4,225 dead, 5,597 injured, and 1,655 missing.-VNA/NNT