Fires have ravaged Europe’s largest migrant camp, leaving about 12,000 folks with out shelter.
Fanned by excessive winds, the blaze first broke out Tuesday at Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Massive stretches of the camp burned down. Solely a medical facility and a few small clusters of tents have been left standing, in keeping with the New York Times. No deaths have been initially reported.
The fires continued by means of Wednesday, leaving many of the camp’s residents homeless. Police reinforcements have been introduced in to stop folks fleeing the fires from reaching the island’s important city of Mytilene, Al Jazeera reported. The camp’s residents, a lot of them refugees who fled Afghanistan or Syria, have been pressured to sleep alongside roadsides and in fields and parking heaps.
The notoriously overcrowded camp had been in lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s unclear how the fires began. Greek authorities stated the fires could have been lit as a protest in opposition to necessary quarantine measures. Some migrants told the BBC the fires broke out after scuffles between camp residents and Greek forces, and blamed “far-right Greeks” for the blaze.
Human rights teams warned the camp was not prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of it was dangerously overcrowded, with an absence of entry to water, healthcare, and sanitation. Residents had protested the appalling dwelling situations.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on the European Union to take motion to assist remedy the housing disaster. France, Germany, and the Netherlands have to this point provided to soak up some migrants.