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Fire in Karenni Refugee Camp: Fatalities, Burns & Thousands Homeless – How to Help

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By Mitos Urgel – Executive Director of WEAVE

Fire swept through Karenni Site 2, Ban Mae Surin, Mae Hong Son, Thailand wiping out all houses in Section 1 and Section 4, leaving almost 2,000 camp residents homeless, injuring around 200 people and killing around 30 individuals.

Despite the scorching heat during this time, it is very cold during evenings and early morning.

The refugee camp residents need immediate help for clean potable water, food, medicine, warm clothes especially for women and children.


WEAVE is organizing a relief operation, any form of assistance is highly appreciated.

Update Saturday, 23rd March 2013

We had an emergency coordination meeting this morning and the official count of dead residents is 35. Over 200 have suffered from injuries and 2 were sent to Chiang Mai for sustained severe burns. Approximately 2,300 are now left homeless in Karenni Site2.

People need immediate support – potable drinking water, food, warm clothes, sarong for women, medicine, tents, etc.

WEAVE together with other NGO’s in Mae Hong Son, local Karenni refugee leadership and UNCHR had the emergency coordination meeting this morning. The meeting was attended by the MHS governor and relevant Thai authorities.

As of 11 am today, the official count of dead people is 35 with over 200 camp residents who suffered from injuries. 4 sustained severe burns and 2 were sent to Chiang Mai. 2,300 persons are now reported homeless.

Arrangements were made for the emergency operations with assigned focal points for the coordination of assistance to the survivors of the devastation in Karenni Site 2.


Account name: WEAVE
Bank name: Krung Thai Bank Public Company Limited
Branch: Suthep
Account Number: 521-1-89688-2
Swift code: KRTHTHBK
Paypal Account: [email protected]

For in-kind donation, kindly send to:

WEAVE Foundation Office, #7 Sirimangkalanjarn Soi 5, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand or WEAVE c/o Umaporn Pojorn, P.O Box 58, Chiang Mai 50202, Thailand.


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[quote style=”boxed”]I mourn for the loss of our student and the tragic devastation in Karenni Site2. My heart cry out to everyone especially those who have loss their love ones, family members and friends. And I hope that each one will find strength in the determination and collective spirit to face this reality and will take courage to move on and rebuild their lives.” Mitos Urgel[/quote]