Covid-19 in Rawai 

 Rawai, lifeless...

March/April 2020... the virus threatens the entire planet and Phuket is not immune to this pandemic. At the end of March 2020, the authorities decided to ban access to beaches and tourist sites.

From April 12 (the eve of Songkran, the Thai New Year) until April 30, the confinement of the districts took place. It was impossible to enter or leave Rawai during these 2 weeks...

These few pictures taken in Rawai on March 31 are a testimony of the situation... Promthep, usually full with people at the end of the afternoon, finds itself completely abandoned. No living soul, not a single tourist. The access roads are barred, Yanui Beach, Naiharn Beach... all closed.

But soon this will all be a bad memory...  

Of course these images are a little sad but they are not as serious as the following ones... these temporary closures of access to the tourist sites are only a little feeling of discomfort for us... but what to think of all these people who don't have enough to eat and whose situation is much more serious than these accesses to the tourist sites...

Rawai Relief for the needy people of Rawai

This emergency situation, forcing businesses to close in order to reduce the spread of the virus, puts many people in an awkward position and unable to feed themselves since they no longer have any income .

Whether on Rawai, Chalong or elsewhere on our island of Phuket... groups of volunteers have formed to help the people. Collections are organized and distributions take place regularly... the queues of people coming to collect some food are getting longer and longer.
I indicate you below some groups which take care of such actions. There is always a way to reach them, to contact them and to make some donations. 

If you wish to participate in this help to the poor people who are victims of this pandemic, do not hesitate to get in touch either on Facebook or here on one of these sites... any help, any participation is welcome. The links below are accessible by a simple click...


Rawai Expat Group 

With Tommy Ebert

Rawai Love Heart Group  

With Kay McDonnel

Chalong Food Bank  

With Kelly Jig O'brien

Below is a series of images from my friend Tommy Ebert (Rawai Expat Group) a scuba diving instructor in Rawai 

who also regularly organizes fundraisers and distributions to needy people.

 

With the volunteer group "Rawai Love Heart" distributions take place regularly. Here's a picture of the one of this April 30, 2020.

  A Sad Remembrance

Even if the two events are unrelated and are completely different situations and therefore almost incomparable, I can't help thinking back to the period after the Tsunami of December 2004...

I find groups of volunteers ready to come to the aid of all those people who do not have enough to eat. 

These ever-longer lines of disciplined, respectful, dignified people... are completely comparable in these two difficult periods we have experienced.

The comparison ends there.

January 2005...
April 2020...

    and then...
  Let's not forget those who care for us, who often go to great lengths to help us survive...
  ...because this virus can attack anyone!

The images gathered in the small slideshow that follows are so explicit that any commentary becomes superfluous ...

However, they show those who are still not convinced of the seriousness of the situation, how everything can change for anyone in an instant...

The hospital care staff is there, present... faithful... available... and very often exhausted by these delicate and complicated situations requiring their attention and efforts without limits to the end of their possibilities...

In Bangkok

In Bangkok, as soon as the first threats were made, the country's authorities did not hesitate to use major means.

Coronavirus... Statistics