Greece: Moria camp still smouldering after fires force thousands to evacuate

The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos was still smouldering on Wednesday afternoon, hours after fires broke out at the massive camp, which forced thousands to flee. A section of the camp can be seen completely barren, with smoke still rising from the burnt up remnants of the tents and structures that were affected by fire. There were no immediate reports of casualties. According to first reports, several fires were ignited in different sections of the camp. The camp was placed under quarantine last week after the first COVID-19 case appeared at the overcrowded camp. A 40-year-old Somalian man tested positive after having returned to the island after not being able to settle on the Greek mainland and was put in isolation to curb the outbreak. The Moria camp is the largest in Europe, exceeding almost four times its maximum capacity of 3,100 people, hosting around 13,000 migrants living in poor sanitary conditions.

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