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MVSAT Dec 2023

Answer the following in a phrase or sentence.
Why did Tilly’s family come to Thailand?

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Hint: Tilly Smith, an Englishwoman, is credited with saving the lives of approximately 100 beachgoers at Maikhao Beach in Thailand by warning them minutes before the tsunami triggered by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake arrived. Smith had heard about tsunamis in her geography class when she was ten years old.

Complete answer:
In the story "tsunami" written by Sonali Deraniyagala which tells the story of various survivors and victims of the tsunami that affected Thailand and parts of India such as Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Tilly and her family were on the beach on the 26th of December. Tilly and her family were originally from England, and they had travelled to Thailand for the holidays.

Tilly and her mother watched the sea slowly rise, foam up, and form whirlpools. Her mother was unconcerned about these signals, but Tilly realised they were Tsunami warnings. She told her family of the situation, and they, along with other beachgoers, returned to the hotel. Fortunately, the hotel building withstood the Tsunami's impact, and everyone was rescued.

So, the correct answer is that Tilly's family had travelled to Thailand to celebrate Christmas.

Note: Students learn from “The Tsunami” that a tsunami is a natural disaster that causes significant damage and loss of life and property. We learned about difficult life lessons and reassuring details of determination, bravery, strength, and survival in each story. In the difficult struggle of endurance and regeneration, one should demonstrate acts of bravery, compassion, and duty.