Refugee landings in Lesbos ease as storm approaches and deaths mount

Refugee landings in Lesbos ease as storm approaches & deaths mount

LESBOS(Reuters) – Fewer boats than normal carrying Syrian refugees & migrants from eleswhere landed on the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday morning as a storm threatened to hit, following a weekend of death at sea.

A Reuters photographer on the island, close to the Turkish coast & a gateway for migrants seeking to enter the European Union, said only three boats had landed, compared with around 20 on other recent mornings.

The island was due to be hit by a thunder storm after in the day.

Over the weekend, 13 migrants died in Turkish waters near Lesbos when a boat carrying 46 people en route to Greece collided with a dry cargo vessel & capsized.

Six of those killed were children & 20 others were rescued, according to a Turkish coastguard source.

A girl believed to be five years died on Saturday & 13 other migrants were feared lost overboard after their boat sank in choppy seas off the Greek island of Lesbos, the Greek coastguard said.

Separately, a girl believed to be 5-years-old died on Saturday & 13 other migrants were feared lost overboard after their boat sank in choppy seas.

Hundreds of thousands of mainly Syrian refugees have braved the short yet precarious crossing from Turkey to Greece's eastern islands this year, mainly in flimsy & overcrowded inflatable boats.

(Reporting by Yannis Behrakis & Jeremy Gaunt; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Source: “Reuters”