Greece: 280 tents set up in new Lesbos camp as construction continues after Moria fire

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has already set up 280 tents in a new camp under construction on the Greek island of Lesbos, as of Sunday, days after the overcrowded Moria camp was destroyed by a series of fires. «UNHCR is supporting the [Greek] government in providing shelter material and core relief items. As of today, 280 tents have been already erected by the army, UNHCR and NGOs,» explained Astrid Castelein, Head of UNHCR Sub-Office, adding that construction is still ongoing. According to Castelein, some 300 people have already been resettled in the camp. «The total capacity is not yet known, as you see the works are still ongoing. For the moment, it is 280 tents meaning than 2,000 people,» she added. Thel Moria camp site which housed about 13,000 migrants and refugees was largely destroyed by a series of fires between Wednesday and Thursday.

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