Tapa Yoi was not
destroyed by the tsunami but many residents moved
into Kuraburi in
early January for fear of further tsunami and landslide danger.
There are 55 families living in tents at the Wat Prasan (temple) in
lost their boats in the tsunami and were not able to carry on
fishing during the peak season. Now that the monsoon has arrived,
they do not have the money they would normally have saved for this
season. In addition, many of the families did not own their boats;
the boats were rented from wealthier members of the village. Many of
these boats have, ironically, been sold to tsunami relief agencies
to replace boats in other villages. Some families have moved back to
the island and are attempting to rebuild their lives.
NATR assisted with
the provision of fresh food to the temporary camp and is now
focusing its support on educational scholarships for children who
are attending school back on the island.