Searches end at Myanmar refugee camp destroyed by fire


Mae Hong Son, March 24 – A search operation for the bodies of fire victims at the Mae Surin camp in Mae Hong Son’s Khun Yuam district have ended as the death toll is recorded at 36, said the provincial governor Narumol Paravat.

The governor said Friday’s blaze killed more than 30 people and about 400 households were left homeless. One hundred and fifteen people were injured, including 19 severely wounded.

A donation centre to help the fire victims was set up at the Mae Hong Son city hall, the Khun Yuam municipality office and all district offices. About 800 makeshift tents have been provided by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency as temporary shelters.

Food and medical treatment have been offered by local staff while the police are responsible for identification of bodies, she said.

Gen Sommai Kaoteera, commissioner of the Armed Forces Development Command dispatched a mobile kitchen and drinking water production vehicle to help the victims.

Meanwhile, the Interior Minister and the Director General of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation are scheduled to inspect the site to follow up progress in helping the victims.

The fire, which is presumed that the cause of the blaze started from cooking fire, destroyed 400 homes and displaced more than 2,300 people.