CHAOTIC scenes are being witnessed every day in Italy as THOUSANDS of migrants overwhelm the emergency response.
By Zoie O'Brien
PUBLISHED: 18:39, Thu, Sep 1, 2016 | UPDATED: 18:52, Thu, Sep 1, 2016
Italian islands are being totally overwhelmed by migrants from Libya and Egypt
Authorities in the country have been praised for their organisation in the face of the crisis - but witnesses claim they are being battered by a huge "human tide" of migrants.
Every day Libyan and Egyptian nationals are landing in the country, or being rescued at sea before being taken to southern port towns.
In four days, 13,000 have been rescued.
According to Save the Children, 14,700 unaccompanied minors have arrived since the beginning of 2016.
Yesterday, 1,067 people arrived in Palermo, 1,500 between Pozzallo and Augusta and 1,000 in Messina.
In Brindisi 708 arrived, including two corpses, while 1,078 landed in Taranto and 617 in Cagliari.
Migrants are desperate to reach Europe after fleeing Libya and Egypt