Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s representative agencies in Thailand have been delivering support to the 13 families of Vietnamese expatriates whose kiosks were ruined in a fire in Udon Thani province on March 23.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on March 25 that a fire broke out in Kumphawapi town on early March 23, destroying 23 kiosks owned by 16 families, 13 of which are families of Vietnamese origin. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Shortly after being notified about the fire, staff members of the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, the Vietnamese Consulate General in nearby Khon Kaen city, and the Vietnamese People’s Association in Udon Thani visited and offered sympathies to the 13 families.

The Consulate General also liaised with authorities of Udon Thani province and Kumphawapi district, where Kumphawapi town is located, to ask for a thourough investigation into the fire and for swift assistance to the affected people.

The Thai authorities pledged to provide maximum assistance for the families, the foreign ministry said.

As an initial help, each of the families was supported with 10,000 THB (283.6 USD) by the Udon Thani Red Cross chapter, 3,000 THB (85 USD) by Kumphawapi district’s Red Cross office, and 2,000 THB (56.7 USD) by the Thai – Vietnamese business association.

Vietnam’s representative agencies are closely following the investigation and working with the Vietnamese community there to help the families return to their normal lives, the ministry added.-VNA