Readers of the BBC News website have been sending in their own experiences of the disaster
Some totally fucking mind-blowing and heart-breaking personal accounts
My son Alan is in the Holiday Inn hotel right on the beach in Phuket. They are without power and therefore radio and TV, hence no outside contact. There is a shark washed up in the hotel swimming pool. He saw a couple of bodies and a mother being separated from one of two children whose hands she was holding as the water swept one of them away.
posted by Andy
Alan Burr, Bromley, UK