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Bad weather hits refugees

23 October 2015 / 11:10:30  GRReporter
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The rapid weather deterioration is further hampering the movement and stay of thousands of refugees and migrants who are in Greece. On the island of Lesbos it has been raining since Wednesday evening. "In Kara Tepe there are many containers provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which are the shelter mainly to families. However, many people are sleeping outdoors," adviser to Solidarity Now on the island Fotini Rantsiou describes the situation.

"In the refugee camp in Moria the situation is certainly more difficult", she adds. "The people who were waiting days and nights for their turn have remained in place despite the storms, as they had no choice."

Many people have gathered at the port, others have just arrived, and a third group is preparing to leave for Athens. The municipality has urgently opened an old swimming pool nearby so that refugees can at least protect themselves from the rain.

The situation on the island of Chios is serious as well, where the estimated number of refugees and migrants is about 6,200. The buildings of the Regional Community, the Workers' Centre and the local indoor swimming pool have been provided to shelter all these people. However, many have remained outside in the rain.

On the island of Samos, where the number of refugees and migrants is between 1,000 and 1,500, the nearly 25 containers installed at the port have failed to save the situation. At the same time, the rain on Thursday morning started before the workers were able to erect some sheds at least.

Tags: RefugeesMigrantsBad weatherIsland of LesvosUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
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