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New refugee camp in Lesvos flooded with rain

The problems in the temporarily constructed refugee camp are a matter of course, Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum Notis Mitarakis said on October 9 in connection with the flooding of the Kara Tepe tent camp in Lesbos, Greek newspaper EfSyn reported.

Eighty of the camp’s 1,100 tents were flooded with mud on October 8 after rain. In the resulting chaos, women and children tried to hide in other tents.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner determined that there were critical deficiencies in the drainage system that must be addressed immediately. The area of the former military training ground chosen for the camp was susceptible to flooding and the tents were not adequately protected from the weather.

The office is trying to deliver rubble to reduce the risks of flooding. Pallets, flooring, and plywood sheets for family tents are being brought in as fall approaches, but the FDA notes that these measures “cannot be considered sufficient” for the winter.

As Mitarakis said in connection with the flooding, “it goes without saying that a temporary structure erected in a few days will face difficulties.” He added that the problems are already being addressed.

The Huffington Post writes that this implies that the difficulties were known in advance, and wonders why the authorities did not take care of this in advance. The newspaper reports that the refugees themselves dug ditches to divert water from the tents.

Recall that the many times overcrowded center for the reception and identification of refugees Moria on the island of Lesvos burned down on September 9 in a series of fires. Over 10 thousand people were left homeless. A few days later, the Greek authorities set up a camp of UN tents nearby at the former Kara-Tepe training ground.

We will also remind that on September 15, the Minister of Civil Protection Michalis Chrysochoidis said that half of the camp residents will be transported to the mainland by Christmas, and the rest by Easter.

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