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Greece will shut down its largest three migrant camps on islands facing Turkey, and replace them with new facilities, AFP reported, citing officials.
The Greek government said it would close existing, overcrowded camps on the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos, and replace them with new closed facilities with a capacity of at least 5,000 people each.
Five closed pre-departure centers for migrants are expected to open on the Aegean islands of Samos, Chios, Lesvos, Kos and Leros, with details to be announced by government spokesman Stelios Petsas on Wednesday.
The centers are to host no more than 5,000 people each and are expected to replace the open camps such as Moria and Vathy.
A 45-year-old mother and her 17-year-old daughter who went missing last week and whose bodies were found at the bottom of a 120-meter-deep ravine in Pieria, northern Greece on Sunday, died instantly, according to the results on Monday of an autopsy conducted at Thessaloniki's Aristotle University.
The results of toxicology tests are expected in the coming days.
At least 658 migrants and refugees were rescued in 20 separate operations in the eastern Aegean between Friday morning and Monday morning, the Greek coast guard said.
In the same period, a total of 730 migrants and refugees landed on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Farmakonisi and Kastellorizo (or Megisti) after crossing from Turkey, the coast guard said.
A man believed to be an undocumented migrant died on Saturday morning after being hit by a train en route to Ormenio from Alexandroupoli in northeastern Greece.
The incident occurred near the town of Soufli, close to the Turkish border, with authorities suspecting that the man had slipped into Greece through the Evros region.
A migrant camp near the small town of Agia Varvara in the regional unit of Imathia, central Macedonia, was left without electricity on Wednesday after unknown individuals chainsawed a wooden power pole located outside the camp and damaged two more.
Maintainance crews who were called at the camp found one power pole had fallen down.
Authorities in Crete are advising residents and visitors to exercise extreme caution on Friday, as weather forecasts warn of powerful storms hitting the island.
The fire service advised residents to clear gutters and balcony drains, but also to avoid walking or driving in any areas where there are even the smallest signs of possible flooding.