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Last Updated: Saturday December 24 2005 12:45 GMT

Ceremony marks tsunami a year on

People working fixing boats in Thailand
A wreath laying service has taken place on the Thai island of Phuket in memory of the UK victims of the Asian tsunami, one year after the tragic event.

The private ceremony was one of hundreds due to be held to remember the disaster which left 216,000 dead.

At least 136 British people are known to have flown to Thailand to take part.

The main Thai commemorations take place on 26 December, exactly a year since the biggest earthquake in four decades tore the ocean floor apart.

So far 126 Britons have been confirmed to have died in Thailand in the tsunami, with a further eight missing believed dead.

A dozen countries were hit by the tsunami which struck on Boxing Day 2004.

According to the United Nations almost 400,000 houses were reduced to rubble after the disaster and more than 2 million people left homeless.

A massive relief operation is still underway and although many people have managed to get new jobs Unicef claims that many children are still finding it hard to come to terms with the disaster.

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