Greece is sending three ships to assist house thousands of migrants sleeping rough on the island of Lesbos after a fire destroyed their overcrowded camp.
For a second night families slept on roads, and in fields and car parks after fleeing Moria camp, where about 13,000 had been living in squalor.
Ablaze engulfed Moria on Tuesday night before another exhausted any remaining tents on Wednesday.
About 400 teenagers and youngsters are flown to mainland Greece.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed on an idea for the EU to require in about 400 unaccompanied minors from Lesbos, AFP press agency reports. it’s not yet clear if they’re going to be those already flown to mainland Greece.
The EU has tried previously to resettle migrants among different member states but only a minority are transferred from overcrowded camps in Greece and Italy. A quota system was rejected by a gaggle of member states.
The Greek ferry Amsonia tabernaemontana Chios has now docked at Sigri, a Lesbos port about 100km (60 miles) from the most town Mytilene. it’s the capacity to deal with 1,000 migrants, and Greece is additionally sending two naval vessels to supply emergency accommodation.
Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said about 2,000 people would be temporarily sheltered on the ships.
He also said efforts were under thanks to providing shelter near the devastated Moria campsite.
Mr. Mitarachi said tensions had been running high within the camp because a 15-day quarantine had been imposed after a migrant tested positive for coronavirus last week.
By Wednesday, 35 people linked to the camp had tested positive for coronavirus, and there’s a concern on Lesbos now that the majority of them got to be urgently located.
Caroline Willeman, the Moria coordinator for medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), told that “they had initially been isolated, but in fact, within the chaos of the last two days they need once more been dispersed within the broader community”.
“We had been told last night that eight out of the 35 cases had again been located and isolated.”
What happened at Moria?
Fires broke call at quite three places during a short space of your time, local fire marshal Konstantinos Theofilopoulos told state channel ERT. Some protesting migrants hindered firefighters who tried to tackle the flames, he said.
The main blaze, which was initially fanned by high winds, was put out by Wednesday morning. Some 20 firefighters, 10 fire engines, and a helicopter were sent to the scene.
The incident occurred just hours after reports that 35 people had tested positive for Covid-19 at the camp. Authorities placed the power under quarantine last week after a Somali migrant was confirmed to possess contracted coronavirus.
Mr. Mitarachi said the fires “began with the asylum seekers due to the quarantine imposed”. a number of those infected with the virus had reportedly refused to maneuver into isolation with their families.
He didn’t say, however, that the fires were a deliberate act of arson aimed toward destroying the camp.
But some migrants told BBC Persian that the hearth had broken out after scuffles between migrants and Greek forces at the camp.
Several blamed “far-right Greeks” for the blaze after the announcement of coronavirus cases, and took photos of what they said were canisters wont to ignite the flames.
Many migrants then attempted to hold their belongings to the port town of Mytilene but police had blocked roads. Others were reportedly attacked by locals as they tried to undergo a close-by village.