i was just wondering if anyone knows the effects of this disaster will be on the eastern islands such as ko samui. I know the Tsunami didn't hit there but are they far enough away to avoid the possible contaminated waters etc. i fly into krabi on the 21st Jan but was thinking of helping for a few days before going over to the east coast. Do you reckon these islands will become over crowded and make accomodation hard to come by.
Any help will be great cheers.
As far as I know. Tsunami effects only Andaman coast. Not in Thai Gulf. So it's safe to visit Samui or other islands in east coast.
I feel sorry for all people suffered from this disaster. My friend lost their home in Phi Phi Island.
Please..please..don't leave Phuket, Krabi or Phang Nga as a lonely province. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The Gulf of Thailand islands will all be safe to visit. I am sure it will be crowded though, seems like all of the people that were planning on their holiday on the Andaman will have changed their minds and will go to the Gulf islands.
I wish I were there now to assist in the clean up and rebuild...
Pom raak thailand!
I'm going to north India in February, and I'm a little afraid about that potential epidemy caused by the discharging pipes leaking that people are talking about...
I wonder if this epidemy will infect the hole country...
should those flying out to thailand look at options of helping?
im due to fly out on the 10th february to bangcock for 2 weeks and then to southern thailand.... in light of all thats happends my plans have changed and so have my overall feelings.
my deepest sympathy's are with all those affected, i am looking now at options of how we can help. i am travelling with a close friend who is now worried about going, with the threat of disease. does anyone have any advise for those due to travel out in the next month or so.
anyone affected all our thoughts are with you and anything we can possibly do.
There's another thread about volunteering help on the forums. Most aid organisations prefer that the work be left to trained people (in fact, preferably with at least 10 years experience!). Bear in mind that these are traumatic things to deal with and you may end up being one of the people traumatised, requiring further help and only worsening the situation! Not to mention the extra resources needed to accommodate a stranger and provide food and clean water for them somehow.
If you really want to help, you will undoubtedly be of more use by saving the dollars you would spend getting there and sending it to people on the ground. I understand the sentiment though - I think everyone would like to lend a hand somehow! Perhaps it's worth looking into longer term options a few months from now, when a lot of the rebuilding will need to take place.
For Pauluk63, no offense, but just want to correct, the capital of Thailand is "Bangkok."
They already have enough of Rh Positive Blood. They are running out of space to keep them already. Rh Negative type of any blood types are still welcome, but please make sure that you are Rh- and healthy enough to donate. Money is always welcome but, once money goes into the system, to pay it out will take a while as every payments will have to go through the review and approval process. If you are already in Thailand and want to help…. the best thing to do may be to go buy and give them some clothes, shoes, medicine, milk for babies, sanitary masks, panty liners for ladies, white cloth (they use this to wrap dead bodies), canned and instant food, mosquito coils, water….etc.. There are many many institutions that have trucks run down to the spots every day.
About the volunteers, from what I learned from the media, from this point on, the help must come from very tough ones.
At the moment, the field volunteers are required more than indoor helpers like interpreters or paper-work staffs.
To go at the spots in those 6 provinces to help, the work will be mainly to help finding the bodies. You have to be able to stay there using the sky as the roof, the air as the wall and wracks as the ground for the moment. You find your own bed and dining spot and have to be able to bear with mosquitoes and the smell from the dead bodies that may be hidden in any corner of the mess.
I am not trying to discourage all of you who have beautiful intentions, but like Peter said ….."most aid organizations prefer that the work be left to trained people."
To follow up what kind of help is required, please keep checking:
Thank you all for the good hearts you have …
Just an additional update on "Donations Urgently Needed."
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The post I made about volunteering should have been more clear. I have plans to travel out to vietnam around feb/march time and maby head out to thailand and surrounding area a month later. So I meant helping clean up/re-build the community as I knew they wouldn't take on random people helping with all the dead bodies.
It has been announced since today's morning that the government and several aids organizationห are starting to build houses for the victims as the tempo. shelters are now getting crowded and very inconvenient.
They have announced that helping hands are required for clearing up the wracks from the beaches and on basic construction work. You can contact them to offer help from now on. Those who survive have to start to live on and they need houses and working tools (like fishing boats) to go on with their living. It's likely that they will already back to their business at the time you are here. If Feb. is too late for helping in construction work, it will be also good for them if you just come visit according to your plan, help buying and obtaining their services, the way it used to be. This will be the best way to help them get back to their routine lives and let go from their minds this disaster as soon as possible.
Thank you very much.