Migrants in the rural area between San Severo and Rignano Garganico, in Puglia, Italy | Photo: ANSA/ FRANCO CAUTILLO
Migrants in the rural area between San Severo and Rignano Garganico, in Puglia, Italy | Photo: ANSA/ FRANCO CAUTILLO

Bad weather in the countryside near the southern Italian city of Foggia has damaged 20 tents that were recently installed to host migrants employed by farms in the area, local authorities said on February 6.

20 tents in a recently erected camp in a rural area between San Severo and Rignano Garganico near Foggia were severely damaged by strong winds, local authorities said on February 5. Migrants found shelter from the cold in containers and shacks hosting other migrants in the countryside near Foggia.

The new tent city that was partly damaged by bad weather was erected last month after a fire on December 3 destroyed 200 shacks, leaving 400 immigrants homeless in the informal camp known as the "great ghetto". 

Most tents damaged

The prefect of Foggia, Raffaele Grassi, met on February 6 with representatives of the Puglia region, the city council of San Severo, civil protection and police to discuss the situation. Most tents at the new camp were damaged, the prefect explained. "We are evaluating alternative solutions" to house migrant workers, said Grassi. "We will ask the Puglia region for more housing modules, like containers." 

The housing complex built after the fire reported on December 3 last year included a total of 25 tents and 32 containers that hosted some 280 foreigners. A reported 130 lived in tents. 
 

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