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UNHCR provides emergency relief for refugees affected by fire incident at Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp

Firemen were trying to control the fire at Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp. The fire was eventually contained after 3 hours. ©UNHCR/A. Sfeir

 

BANGKOK, Thailand, April 9, 2015 (UNHCR) - A fire broke out in Ban Mai Nai Soi camp at 11AM on Tuesday 7th April 2015. The detailed circumstances are yet to be confirmed but preliminary information indicates that the fire originated from an unattended cooking fire. The fire then spread very quickly to the neighboring houses. The incidence was eventually contained after 3 hours. It is reported that 185 houses and a primary school were destroyed, 1,065 individuals affected, and seven people missing.

UNHCR together with the Border Consortium and Karenni National Women Organization (KNWO) support temporary shelters for 711 affected people. UNHCR also provides 640 blankets, 400 sleeping mats 355 plastic sheets, and cooking stove, water buckets for each family to respond to their urgent needs. The agency sets-up its workstation for refugees to report their lost identification documents (household registration document, e-card, birth/delivery certificates) and other protection issues. In addition, UNHCR and International Rescue Committee-Resettlement Support Center also have been working closely to identify the family in the resettlement pipeline to prioritize them and provide them with new documentation. 

There are an estimated 11,800 Myanmar refugees residing in Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Thailand. The UN refugee agency has been working for years to secure a range of options and solutions for the refugees.

One of the burnt shelters by the fire razed Ban Mai Nai Soi Refugee camp. ©UNHCR/A. Sfeir
One of the burnt shelters by the fire razed Ban Mai Nai Soi Refugee camp. ©UNHCR/A. Sfeir
A refugee looks at a house that was completely destroyed by the fire at Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp. ©UNHCR/A. Sfeir
A refugee looks at a house that was completely destroyed by the fire at Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp. ©UNHCR/A. Sfeir