Greece’s biggest migrant camp gutted by huge blaze
Published: 06:13 PM, 9 September 2020
People are evacuating the migrant camp that was gutted by huge blaze
Massive fires have broken out in Moria, the largest refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. The whole camp was burnt in the incident. However, no casualties have been reported so far.
All migrants from the camp have been evacuated. It is learned that about 25 firefighters with 10 engines are trying to douse the fire.
According to a report, the blaze is thought to have been started by immigrants who were protesting for breaking the rules due to coronavirus. However, its authenticity has not been confirmed.
It is learned that the police have blocked the roads of the city so that the migrants from the camp cannot escape and enter the nearby town. Police have cordoned off the town of Mytilene in Lesbos. As a result, they are currently on the streets.
According to Info Migrant, there were about 13,000 migrants in the Moria camp – which is about four times the capacity of the camp. About 70 percent of the camp’s migrants are from Afghanistan. However, there are people from more than 70 countries.
Lesbos deputy governor Aris Hatzikomninos told a local radio station that the camp had been destroyed by the fire. The Greek prime minister has called an emergency meeting on the fire.