PHUKET, Thailand - Narkis Koral, 23, and Oren Mesika, 24, were unaware of the devastating tsunami that hit Southeast Asia. They were having a good time on the island of Koh Chang in Thailand and only learned of the earthquake hours later, through friends who received phone calls from home.
TEL AVIV – As the death toll in Southeast Asia continued to mount following Sunday`s devastating tsunami disaster, Israel`s Foreign Ministry worked overtime to account for missing and injured Israeli nationals.
Ten minutes after the disaster hit the news, my phone started ringing. It's been ringing ever since, 24 hours a day. Husbands looking for wives. Mothers looking for daughters. Friends looking for their traveling companions...
Chaos and confusion are rampant on the island of Phuket. Rabbi Nechemia Wilhelm, who has spent the last four days searching and helping to identify bodies—many that have deteriorated in the water—is in the vortex of this turmoil.