Milan officials appeal for help with rising number of migrants

Milan seeks help to contain rising number of migrants

Milan city officials have appealed for help in managing the huge flow of migrants arriving from southern Italy after rescue at sea, as increasing numbers are unable to find beds and are sleeping in the train station.

About 350 migrants have slept in and around the station the last two nights because of  lack of beds in city-organised centres.

Hundreds were waiting on Thursday afternoon on a mezzanine to find out if there would be a bed for them that night.

The Red Cross dispatched a team on Thursday in response to reports of scabies among migrants and regional officials were set to open a health post in the station on Friday.

Milan city officials say more than 64,000 migrants have passed through the Central Station in the last 20 months, with 10,000 since January 1.