- The migration minister said that about 2,000 migrants will be housed in the ships.
- On Tuesday, thousands of migrants were forced to flee after a fire engulfed Moria migrant camp.
- Last week, the camp was placed under quarantine after a migrant tested positive for COVID-19.
Greece is set to send three ships to Lesbos to help house displaced migrants in the island. The decision was arrived at after thousands of migrants in were forced to spend their nights in the cold after fire gutted down the largest migrant camp earlier in the week. About 2,000 migrants will be housed in the ships.
Reports indicated that 400 teenagers had been transferred to the mainland and are to be taken in by the European Union. Germany, France and Netherlands have stated that they are going to take in some migrants.
On Tuesday, thousands of migrants were forced to flee after a fire engulfed the Moria migrant camp. By Wednesday morning, the camp was a shadow of itself, and a few people could be seen trying to pick their belongings from the debris.
According to Lesbos mayor Stratos Kytelis, the migrant camp was completely destroyed. The mayor said that the fire spread inside and outside the camp, adding that it was a very difficult situation.
It was alleged that some of the migrants might have started the fire since they were protesting against coronavirus rules. However, the allegations have not been verified, but investigation into the fire has been launched.
Last week, the camp was placed under quarantine after a migrant tested positive for COVID-19. The health authorities had reported that 35 migrants have so far tested positive for the virus. Greece has reported 11,832 cases of coronavirus, with 290 deaths and 6,486 recoveries.
The coronavirus pandemic has worsened the situation, especially with the positive cases. Due to this, the police are said to have prevented the migrants from fleeing to nearby towns. The overcrowded migrant camp, Moria, is located on Lesbos Island, and houses around 13,000 people.
The camp is expected to hold around 2,000 people, but has over the years been forced to accommodate more people. Several human rights groups have consistently complained of the inhumane state of the camp but nothing much has been done.
Meanwhile, fire fighters are said to be battling wild fires in the western part of Lesbos Island. Fires are a common occurrence in the country. Greece experiences summertime fires that are brought about by droughts, fierce winds, and at times, arson.
In July, firefighters reportedly battled a wind-driven fire that was consuming a pine forest in the eastern part of Peloponnese. The fire forced hundreds to be evacuated from surrounding villages.
In August 2019, a wildfire engulfed a dense forest in Evia Island. Hundreds of residents were evacuated, as more than 200 firefighters battled to put out the fire.
In 2018, at least 100 people died after wildfires ravaged through pine forests in Athens, while a dozen others were killed by wildfires in Southern and Central Athens.
The same year, 74 people killed after wildfires consumed holiday resorts in the country. Around 1,000 homes were destroyed and 150 people injured in the inferno.