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UNDRO 89/0413

FIRES - BURMA
UNDRO SITUATION REPORT NO. 1
24 FEBRUARY 1989

1. ON 16 FEBRUARY, MAJOR FIRE BROKE OUT IN MERGUI SOUTHERN BURMA AND TOOK EIGHT HOURS TO BRING UNDER CONTROL.

2. FIRE DESTROYED OVER 2,000 HOUSES AND 22,000 PEOPLE RENDERED HOMELESS. BUILDINGS DESTROYED INCLUDE 3 SCHOOLS, 5 FIRE STATIONS, 3 CINEMA HALLS AND ROAD TRANSPORT ADMN. DEPT. BUILDING. TOTAL LOSS ESTIMATED AT US DLRS 48 MILLION.