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Event: AC Tech. Disaster
Number: 2013-000183
Country: THA Thailand
Location: Mae Surin refugee camp
Date (YMD): 2013-3-22
Information Source:Nytimes & EM-DAT
Comments: On March 22, 2013, a tragic technological incident occurred within the confines of the Mae Surin refugee camp, located in the northern Thai province of Mae Hong Son. The calamity took the form of a devastating fire, inflicting substantial damage and loss. Regrettably, the fire resulted in the loss of 42 lives, and it left a trail of destruction in its wake. Approximately 100 shelters within the Mae Surin refugee camp were consumed by the relentless flames. It is worth noting that this camp primarily served as a refuge for ethnic Karen refugees from neighboring Myanmar, who had fled the conflict between guerrilla forces and government troops. The fire's impact was profound, not only in terms of human lives lost but also in terms of the displacement and suffering experienced by the vulnerable refugees who called this camp their temporary home. This tragic event underscores the importance of fire safety and disaster preparedness in refugee and displaced persons' settlements.
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