Govt Rushes to Evacuate Thais from Myanmar Conflict Zone

PRESS RELEASE:

BANGKOK (NNT) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is intensifying efforts to evacuate Thai nationals, in response to the escalating conflict in Myanmar’s Laukkaing region. A meeting was recently convened to coordinate relief measures for the 293 individuals currently in Myanmar.

Among those stranded, the ministry said 164 are under the care of Myanmar authorities, 18 are working in entertainment venues, and 32 have been released by their employers and are awaiting evacuation. Challenges, however, persist as 53 Thais remain unreleased by their employers, and 26 are unreachable.

41 Thais recently released in Laukkaing are now under the protection of the United Wa State Army. The Thai embassy in Yangon is now working to secure their safe return and is exploring secure evacuation routes.

The urgency of the situation escalated following a bomb explosion near the refuge area of these citizens. Despite efforts, the embassy has not gained access to the area due to security concerns raised by Myanmar authorities. The embassy is currently conducting nationality verification via video calls to facilitate the issuance of travel documents for those awaiting repatriation.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.