By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
The sports complex in Tijuana, Baja California, which is temporarily housing the majority of mostly Central American migrants awaiting asylum in the United States, has reached a crisis level in terms of hygiene and sanitation, according to workers from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), who are currently monitoring the situation.
At least 6,000 migrants are now housed in and around the complex, where close living conditions and poor sanitary access have led to a surge in cases of dysentery and respiratory problems, the workers said.
Heavy rains on Thursday, Nov. 29, only served to complicate the situation, where most of the migrants have set up makeshift tents and flimsy shelters that were soaked and collapsing by Thursday night.
At least 1,000 of the migrants at the sports center are minors, according to UNESCO.
Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has declared the situation a humanitarian crisis, and local health authorities have stated that at least one in every three of the migrants is now sick.