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Over 50 refugee shelters go up in flames as fire ravages Tak’s Mae La camp


Fire swept through one the biggest refugee camps on the Thailand-Myanmar border, in Mae La subdistrict in Tak’s Tha Song Yang district, destroying more than 50 shelters. No injuries or deaths were reported.

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Tha Song Yang sheriff Yongyut Suksiri reported on Wednesday that the Mae La refugee camp was ablaze at 9.30pm on Tuesday. More than 50 refugee shelters, including one for volunteers, went up in flames.

The roof of the registry building and temporary shelters were quickly dismantled to create a line to prevent the fire from spreading.

The blaze was finally extinguished at 11.20pm.

Over 50 refugee shelters go up in flames as fire ravages Tak’s Mae La camp

All refugees affected by the fire have been allowed to live with their relatives.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Tak will provide assistance so new structures can be built.

Over 50 refugee shelters go up in flames as fire ravages Tak’s Mae La camp

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

A volunteer guarding the temporary shelter noticed a fire behind the refugee camps in Zone C3a and sounded the alarm as the blaze spread quickly to the office area and the temporary shelter.

Published : February 10, 2021

By : The Nation