Refugees living in snow and sub-zero temperatures at risk of death
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"Humanitarian agencies have warned that without adequate housing refugees in Greece may die as the country continues to be gripped by freezing winter weather.
Parts of the country have seen more than a metre (three feet) of snow and temperatures as low as - 18 degrees Celsius over the weekend, and communication lines and roads are out of action on several islands.
In Moria, a large camp on the island of Lesvos, around 15,000 people are still living in overcrowded conditions in thin summer tents."
See: Refugees in Greece 'could freeze to death' in snow due to inadequate winter preparations, warn aid groups (The Independent, link)
And: Commission calls the plight of refugees on Greek islands untenable (EurActiv, link):
"Shocking footage has emerged showing how migrants are living in snow-covered tents with no heating on the Greek island of Lesbos. The Commission called their situation untenable...
The footage is likely to embarrass the Greek government. Greek Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas was quoted as saying two days before that there were no refugees or migrants living in the cold."
Things are no better elsewhere: Asylum Seekers Left in the Cold (Human Rights Watch, link): "Temperatures in Hungary and Serbia have dropped to minus 20 degrees centigrade at night. Yet nearly 2,000 asylum seekers and migrants are sleeping rough in Belgrade, in front of Hungarys transit zones on the Serbian border, or inside a tattered government-run tent camp in Hungary without enough aid."
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