As the only Jewish service agency in the country dealing with this catastrophe, Chabad of Thailand’s offices and staff in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ko Samui have put everything else aside, working 24/7 to assist those in need and comfort.
Rabbi Nehemya Wilhelm was dispatched to the scene of the tragedy in Phuket to aid in the rescue efforts where he is making the rounds of the hospitals, identifying bodies, arranging medical help and transportation for survivors, connecting survivors with each other, and helping the Israeli government in coping with this terrible ordeal. Thailands three Chabad Houses, staffed by six full time Rabbis and twelve Rabbinical trainees, were immediately converted into crisis centers where dazed survivors are
o receiving medical help
o receiving free meals
o receiving funds for new clothing
o placing free international phone calls (and same for internet use) to their loved ones to inform them of their whereabouts
o being helped in their efforts to locate their friends as of yet unaccounted for.
Chabad volunteers are standing by at the local hospitals to visit the injured and provide them with kosher food and any other help needed. Chabad staff is providing counseling to the survivors who are in a state of emotional trauma.
Chabad staff has already fielded several thousand phone calls from Israel, trying to help families locate their relatives.