Hypothermia Kills Migrant in Northern Greece as Refugee Camps Brace for More Cold Weather

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Last Update: 12:54

On Tuesday an Afghan man’s body was found in a field near the Greek border town of Didymoteicho in northern Greece. The man was a migrant traveling with a group across the Evros River when he succumbed to the elements and died from hypothermia.

Another migrant traveling with the 20-year-old migrant made the call to authorities.

Authorities reported that the young migrant died from hypothermia after crossing the river as the weather took a turn for the worst Monday evening when temperatures plummeted to -14 Celsius (7 Fahrenheit).

The Turkish authorities have recently noted an increase in the amount of migrants who attempt to enter Greece near the Evros region, as both the Turkish and Greek governments are trying to crack down and get a handle on the migrants being smuggled across the Aegean to the nearby Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios.

The weather is also impacting the migrant reception center camps set up around the country as many of the facilities are so overcrowded that migrants are being forced to live in outdoor tents without heating and electricity during the cold winter months. Greek authorities have been trying to transfer the migrants to other accommodations, but the progress has been slower than anticipated, leaving many migrants out in the cold, with nothing more than plastic coverings to hang over their tents making them vulnerable to illnesses such as the flu as well as hypothermia.

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