Two refugees die from hypothermia during their trip to Greece

20 January 2016
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Two deaths were reported in two incidents involving refugees and migrants north of Lesvos island on Wednesday.

A five-year-old child died when the boat it was on board capsized and sank. According to initial information, the child died from hypothermia. 46 more persons that were in the same boat were rescued while the number of missing remains unknown. At a separate incident a woman died from hypothermia during the trip from the Turkish coasts to the Greek territory.

Very low temperatures prevail on Wednesday on Lesvos and frost has covered the northern part of the island.

Despite the adverse weather conditions 1,028 people arrived on Lesvos on Tuesday and 828 of them were identified at Morias hotspot until 09:00 on Wednesday.

Police said that from Wednesday dawn until 12:00 approximately 1,000 persons, among them a large number of children arrived on Lesvos.

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