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    A life spent defying death

    Spectrum, Justin Heifetz, Published on 22/12/2013

    » Nine years ago, Mark Weingard ran to the roof of his Natai Beach home when the first tidal wave came towards Phangnga during the Boxing Day tsunami. The entrepreneur from Manchester was celebrating the holidays with his friends, and they were fortunate enough to have high enough ground to escape unharmed on a morning when about a quarter of a million people died. The sea ravaged most of his home _ save for the roof and in-built cinema _ and Natai Beach.

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    Land woes split soldiers' village

    Spectrum, Justin Heifetz, Published on 10/11/2013

    » By day, Pum Thomachat is a women's village. Teenage girls ride bicycles down its lone dirt road while mothers sell cheap perishables at the makeshift market. Small children play in the alleyways, clogged with rubbish, with no fathers in sight.

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