A big hearth that broke out Sunday night time on the Vathy migrant camp at the Greek island of Samos, was once introduced below regulate, the Greek Ministry of Migration stated.
“There’s no threat for individuals who are nonetheless there for the reason that hearth broke out in deserted sheds within the western aspect of the camp,” the ministry remark added.
13 firefighters with six engines have been combating the blaze, in keeping with the Hearth Brigade that added there was once no document of damage.
Previous, as the fireplace nonetheless burned, the mayor of Samos, Girgos Stantzos, informed AFP that the web page were solely evacuated.
A lot of migrants, together with a number of youngsters in tears, might be observed collected at a parking lot close to the camp.
The camp, due for closure on the finish of the month, was once nonetheless housing 300 other people looking ahead to switch Monday to a brand new “closed” camp opened this weekend via Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi.
In step with the Ministry, all of the asylum-seekers have been evacuated to an empty house close to the doorway of the camp.
Whilst, 10 unaccompanied minors have been anticipated to be transported to the brand new closed Samos facility afterward Sunday, the remainder of them will probably be transported there as deliberate on Monday.
The brand new Samos facility opened on Saturday is the primary of 5 such camps, that are adverse via rights teams who say the tight get admission to measures are too restrictive.
A double barbed twine fence surrounds the 12,000-square-metre camp, which could also be put in with surveillance cameras, x-ray scanners and magnetic doorways.
It additionally features a detention centre for migrants whose asylum claims were rejected and who’re to be despatched again to Turkey.
Campaigners had lengthy denounced stipulations at Vathy camp on Samos.
Situated on one of the vital Aegean islands taking in migrants getting back from within reach Turkey, between 2015 and 2016 it sheltered just about 7,000 asylum-seekers. It was once best constructed to absorb 680 other people.
A yr in the past, the overcrowded camp at Moria, at the within reach Greek island of Lesbos went up in flames, destroyed in two fires that during fast succession that left 13,000 with out safe haven for a number of days.