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Snakes, weather add to misery for Idomeni migrants

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 00:52

Gale force winds, cold temperatures and snakes worsen the living conditions for migrants stuck in Greece's makeshift border camp at Idomeni. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Strong winds, cold temperatures and snakes are worsening the living conditions for thousands of migrants stuck in Greece's makeshift border camp at Idomeni. Following two days of heavy rainfall, gale force winds swept through the overcrowded camp on Tuesday, tearing and toppling tents. Temperatures dropped to 15 degrees celsius overnight. Aid organizations have repeatedly said that living conditions at the sprawling tent city are appalling. A lack of hygiene facilities, shortages in food and medicine make it tough for the camp's residents and especially for the most vulnerable, women and children. Along with the decline in weather conditions, migrants have also had to brave snakes, who after waking from their winter hibernation are appearing more frequently inside the camp. "Yes, we have seen some snakes. For the moment it's more or less under control but we are trying to put in place some measures to diminish the population of the snakes in the camp," said MSF co-ordinator at Idomeni, Emanuel Massart. More than 10,000 people are camped out in the fields that stretch between Greece and Macedonia and the Greek government is trying to persuade them for months to move to official organized camps built by authorities. Last month, Turkey and the EU sealed a controversial deal intended to halt the flow of illegal migrants into Greece from Turkey in return for financial and political rewards for Ankara.

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Snakes, weather add to misery for Idomeni migrants

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 00:52