In another instance of the perils facing the refugees on their trek, Austrian police said on Sunday they had rescued 42 people from a refrigerated truck on a highway near the border to Germany.
Germany is stopping train traffic to and from Austria for 13 hours, the Austrian Federal Railways said in a tweet.
The toll in the latest tragedy unfolding on Sunday in the Aegean Sea off the coasts of Farmakonissi island after the sinking of a boat carrying undocumented migrants and refugees from Turkey to Greece has reached 28, including 14 children and babies. Still, the influx has continued and German officials have said over the weekend that the speed of the arrivals was straining the country’s ability to provide accommodation.
The Greek Coast Guard has to date retrieved the lifeless our bodies of ten victims, whereas a rescue operation was nonetheless underway for an unclear variety of lacking individuals.
He added that 22,500 migrants and refugees were taken to Athens this week.
European leaders have been struggling to cope with the massive influx of people pouring across its borders in recent weeks.
European Union states have so far failed to reach agreement over proposals by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to accept a mandatory quota system for accepting refugees. Their interior ministers are due to meet Monday in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the issue.
Migrants and refugees wait for buses after crossing the border…
The measure might lead to disruption of railway services, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said without giving further details.
Police discovered the truck, which was being driven by two Iraqi nationals, at a gas station the city of Aistersheim.
In Hungary, army engineers crowned the top of the planned 174-kilometer (109-mile) border fence with razor wire as the government warned that, from Tuesday onward, any asylum seekers caught breaking through the barrier would be arrested and charged with a criminal offense.
Five women and eight children were among those rescued.
Police said 4,330 migrants were detained on Saturday, over 700 more than the previous one-day mark.