UNHCR sends help to Burmese asylum seekers


BANGKOK, 29 December 2013 The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has sent help to over 1,000 Burmese asylum seekers, whose camp in Tak Province has been destroyed by fire.

Following the fire that burned down refugee camp in Tak Province, the UNHCR has sent 150 tents and 200 blankets to assist the victims.

The fire had reportedly burnt down over 100 homes, leaving around 1,000 Burmese asylum seekers with no places to live in. Ten fire trucks were called in to extinguish the fire. It took firefighters hours to put out thanks to strong winds that made their task difficult to accomplish.

The UNHCR has also issued warnings to 9 other refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese border against possible fire, as people tend to set up bonfires to keep themselves warm during the cold season.