Mi­grant, 20, dies of hy­pother­mia

Author­i­ties strug­gle to im­prove con­di­tions at camps as weather set to worsen

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

As author­i­ties seek to im­prove liv­ing con­di­tions for mi­grants at re­cep­tion cen­ters around the coun­try amid fore­casts of an­other cold snap later this week, a 20-yearold Afghan man died of hy­pother­mia early yes­ter­day af­ter cross­ing the Evros River in north­ern Greece.

The man’s body was found in a field near the Greek bor­der town of Didy­mote­i­cho af­ter po­lice were alerted by an­other Afghan who said he had trav­eled with him across the river.

Tem­per­a­tures in the area plunged to -14 Cel­sius (7 Fahren­heit) on Mon­day night and are ex­pected to drop even fur­ther from to­mor­row.

Author­i­ties near the Turk­ish bor­der have seen an in­crease in mi­grants cross­ing into Greece’s Evros re­gion amid a crack­down on peo­ple smug­gling in the Aegean as part of an agree­ment be­tween Turkey and the Euro­pean Union.

On the Aegean is­lands, where thou­sands of mi­grants live in sub­stan­dard con­di­tions at re­cep­tion cen­ters, there are fears that an in­crease in cases of flu will be ex­ac­er­bated by the wors­en­ing weather.

Although large num­bers of refugees have been trans­ferred to re­cep­tion fa­cil­i­ties on the main- land, thou­sands more re­main in over­crowded camps on the is­lands.

An­other state-run fa­cil­ity in Elliniko, south­ern Athens, had been slated for clo­sure months ago but re­mains open, prompt­ing com­plaints by lo­cal of­fi­cials. Yes­ter­day Elliniko Mayor Ioan­nis Kon­stan­tatos called on Mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Yian­nis Mouza­las to in­ter­vene and ar­range for the trans­fer of mi­grants else­where.

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