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Picture of the day: Refugee arrivals surge in Greece fearing more bad weather

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There were no casaulties amongst the refugees who were travelling on the catamaran, according to a Reuters witness.

The death toll from drownings at sea has mounted recently as weather in the Aegean has taken a turn for the worse, turning wind-whipped sea corridors into deadly passages for thousands of refugees crossing from Turkey to Greece. 

The number of refugees arriving on Greek islands has leapt to 7,000 a day from about 4,500 at the end of September, probably because of fears the weather will worsen soon, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on October 9.

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