March 14, 2016 / 10:23 AM / in 2 years

Three migrants drown trying to cross river to Macedonia: police

SKOPJE (Reuters) - Three migrants drowned while trying to cross a river close to the Greece-Macedonia border that had been swelled by heavy rain, police in Macedonia said on Monday.The bodies of two men and a woman were found in the river early on Monday, a police spokeswoman said. Authorities helped another 23 migrants who were taken to a migrant transit camp in Macedonia. Their nationalities were not confirmed.

Migrants walk along a path looking for a way to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

At least 12,000 migrants, including thousands of children, have built up near the northern Greek border town of Idomeni but Macedonia and other nations along the so-called Western Balkan route have closed their borders.

Reporting by Kole Casule; editing by Adrian Croft

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