Libyan border village overwhelmed by migrants, says IOM

Misrata evacuations

Misrata evacuations

Thousands of migrants fleeing the violence in Libya are arriving in the small border village of Zouarke near Niger, to find extremely limited resources, says the International Organization for Migration.

 An IOM team monitoring the situation in Zouarke reported 1,200 migrants arriving in one 24-hour period. 

 Jemini Pandya, from IOM, says the village has around 20 huts and one well, and water is in extreme short supply:

 "There is just one well in the village about 36 metres deep before you actually reach any water. The village is unable to cope with providing water for more than 500 migrants at any one time. Even when there are fewer people waiting, queuing for water, it takes many hours to actually consistently pull up the water at that depth and fill their bottles. During the assessment itself when 700 more migrants arrived in the village, with several hundred already there from the day before, scuffles broke out at the well over the very long wait for water."

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