Thailand – Fire Incident (ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 25 March 2013)

  • At around 18h (local time) on 22 March, a blaze raged through Ban Mae Surin Camp for refugees and displaced people in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand.

  • At least 37 people are reported dead and over 115 injured, with many homes destroyed plus a school, clinic and 2 warehouses.

  • Approximately 400 households were affected, representing over 2,300 people, including children. The camp houses 3,458 people displaced from Myanmar, mostly from the Karen minority group, and is one of 9 camps along the Thai-Myanmar border.

  • DG ECHO is in close contact with its partners in the camps, who are providing assistance and investigating the resulting humanitarian needs, together with the authorities.