February 5, 2005
by Kevin Caruso
More than 800 children in Thailand have lost both of their parents because of the December 26, 2005 tsunami, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
“The Thai government has taken care of these children and most of the orphans have been living with relatives in their communities,” said a spokeswoman for UNICEF Thailand. “UNICEF will be following up on the orphans’ well being,” she added.
Over 5,300 people died in the tsunami in Thailand; the country’s six southern provinces were hit hardest: Phuket, Phang-nga, Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Satun.