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Mayor of Greek Island Warns of Critical Conditions After Record Migrant Arrivals in 24 hours

A record number of 758 irregular migrants and refugees arrived in the last 24 hours on the island of Mytilene, in the northeastern Aegean, the Greek Coast Guard said, placing immense pressure on the island’s infrastructure.
In a letter sent to Interior-Administration Reconstruction Minister Nikos Voutsis, Alternate Minister for Civil Protection Yiannis Panousis, Alternate Shipping Minister Thodoris Dritsas and Greek Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou, Mytilenne mayor Spyros Galinos warned that the situation on the island is extremely critical and requested immediate support in manpower and machinery to keep the influx of migrants manageable.
“To understand the size of the problem, let me just say that every day, the population of a new large village is added [to the island],” Galinos writes in his letter. “At the same time, there are risks for the health and safety of both the locals and the migrants due to the lack of organized health centres, while many of the migrants sleep in public spaces,” he added.
According to Greece’s Coast Guard, 270 people were arrested at the port of Mytilene on Thursday, 207 were located in the areas of Plomari, Mandamado and Mytilene, 42 were located off the coast of Plomari, another 51 off the coast of Lamna Sykamnia, 74 in the area near the airport, 38 in the area of Korakas and 77 in Sykamnia.
(source: ana-mpa)

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