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Thailand: Fire destroyed 1/3 of Umpiem Mai camp

At noon on February 23rd 2012, a fire broke out in the Umpiem Mai camp at the Thailand/Burma border. Diakonia's long term partner organization TBC provides food, shelter and non-food items to the displaced people from Burma, living in the camp.

More than 1/3 of the camp consumed by the blaze

The reports so far tells that more than a third of the camp was consumed by the blaze, with at least 1,000 houses, 3 mosques and 2 nursery schools destroyed.

Patients evacuated from the camp's clinic are now taking shelter in the food warehouse. Some people are suffering from burns.

TBC staff is on site helping to coordinate a response with the community. An emergency appeal from TBC will be launched. There are at least 4,000 people who have lost their homes and belongings.