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Migrant influx sparks fears of Lampedusa health crisis

Migrant influx sparks fears of Lampedusa health crisis
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There is real concern authorities are struggling to cope with the number of migrants arriving on the small Italian Island of Lampedusa.

Already overwhelmed by those trying to flee the turmoil in Libya and Tunisia, a further 1500 people are reported to have arrived in the last 24 hours.

That has sparked fears of a health crisis. 5000 other newcomers from North Africa are already estimated to have recently landed on Lampedusa, even though the island’s temporary holding centre only has a maximum of 800 places.

Footage taken of the shelter appeared to show squalid conditions, with toilets, showers and sinks all blocked by rubbish.

Locals have expressed fears the influx could lead to an epidemic with many migrants sleeping in tents of plastic sheeting across the Island.

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