Smiles have returned to Chiang Rai, a city in northern Thailand which was the centre of world media attention when 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach got stuck in a cave. A daring rescue operation had started on Sunday.
Celebrations broke out in Chiang Rai the moment the locals heard that all the children and their football coach have been freed. Hope and the hustle bustle is back in the city after 2 weeks of tension and anxiety. The city is breathing a sigh of relief. The main market in the city has music back on its streets. Locals can be seen going about their daily routine while enjoying the music of local singer Mai Muang.
People who were waiting on the streets and at the city hospital too cheered and celebrated when ambulances arrived. Heavy clouds still hover over the city. But this time they are welcomed. The heavy rain clouds could have hampered the rescue operations by inundating the cave.
As the Thai navy seals on facebook said: “We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what.”. Maybe prayer.. cause it was not just people in Thailand who were praying but across the world.
The Thailand rescue mission was a story of grit and determination of fighting all odds. A success made only possible due to cooperation by everyone, as they say, success is a collective effort. In team Thailand were-- The authorities, the rescuing teams, the media and the volunteers.
The volunteers who descended from all across Thailand were making sure no one faces any issue when it came to food, clothing or even medicine. Many volunteers translated into English what Thailand doctors wanted to convey to media.