Gambian dies in fire at migrant camp

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

An 18-year-old Gambian migrant died in a fire that broke out Saturday night at the San Ferdinando migrant tent camp in the southern Gioia Tauro plain, where hundreds of migrants currently live.

Sources said the blaze, which destroyed two makeshift structures, originated after some migrants started a fire to warm themselves in one of the shacks. Reggio Calabria Prefect Michele Di Bari told Giornale Radio Rai that a site has already been located for a new camp.

“The intention is to substitute the tents with containers, guaranteeing water, natural gas, and electricity,” Di Bari said after a meeting with the provincial committee for public safety, which was convened following the fire.
Source: Ansa