A fire broke out in a densely populated refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. The fire on Wednesday (September 9th) morning spread panic in the camp, with thousands fleeing for their lives.
Citing eyewitnesses, US media CNN reported that locals were seen leaving the camp with their belongings after the fire broke out. Arriving at the spot, 25 firefighters are working to control the fire with 10 engines. However, no casualties have been reported so far in the blaze.
The BBC reports that there are about 13,000 refugees living in the camp called Moria Camp. However, this number is four times more than the capacity there, so there is criticism about the low standard of living.
The fire burned the camp to ashes, the deputy governor of Lesbos said. The Greek Prime Minister has called an emergency meeting to address the situation.
Meanwhile, EU-EU Home Affairs Commissioner Elva Johansson said after the fire that the EU had agreed to finance the relocation of 400 teenagers from the burning camp to the mainland and their relocation.
At the same time, the safety and shelter of all the people in the Moria camp has been given priority, the EU official said in the same tweet.
Eighty percent of those in the camp are Afghans.