quinta-feira, 30 de julho de 2015

Illegal migrant found dead on the French side of the channel tunnel

A man was found dead Wednesday morning in the channel tunnel, near Calais, in France. Originally from Sudan, the victim would be part of the Group of about 1500 forced migrants at dawn the railway crossing of the English channel and was hit by a truck.

"Our team found a body today (Wednesday) morning and the Fire Department confirmed the death of this person," said the spokesman for the company that runs the channel tunnel. The man would have "between 25 and 30 years" and, according to police source, have been hit by a truck that came from "shuttles" who make the transport of vehicles through the channel tunnel.

Imagine walking down this tunnel for 32 miles, with high-speed trains only inches away. #Calais #calaismigrants pic.twitter.com/CCwXrkuZY1

The French Minister had submitted about a week a letter to Eurotunnel boss accusing the company of doing nothing to ensure the safety of the tunnel face to aggravate the situation. Cazeneuve criticized the fact that the company have reduced from 325 in 2002 to 103 the number of security staff in the space under the responsibility of the channel tunnel. The company claimed to have, on the other hand, duplicate security teams for almost 200 elements from the start of the migration crisis and invested more than 160 million euros in this sector in particular.

Migrants storm Eurotunnel in bid to reach England http://t.co/mBsydRGque pic.twitter.com/bpxz2n3Niz

On the British side, Prime Minister David Cameron describes the clandestine crossings of the channel tunnel as something "very worrying". The Government has agreed an extra funding of almost 10 million euros to help improve the security of the Channel Tunnel rail terminal near the Coquelles in France.

The coordination of the situation with Paris is being conducted from London by the Interior Minister, Theresa May. "We are working hard with the French authorities and with the channel tunnel to ensure increased security along the railroad from Coquelles. That's why you don't see people going through the tunnel. What we all want is to see the channel tunnel operating at 100 percent and the port of Calais also without problems so that users can make their journeys without this kind of disturbances, "said the British Minister of the Interior.

#MigrantCrisis One dead as migrants try to storm Eurotunnel terminal again. Photo Philippe Huguen #AFP pic.twitter.com/j2zWWqvtiC

After the last registered death, a man was electrocuted when he tried to jump into a composition of Eurostar, the passenger train that makes the crossing of the channel tunnel, and was in serious condition. Strengthen the fences that protect the channel tunnel is one of the options under study.

On the British side, the authorities once again resorted to the so-called "stacking operation" ("Operation Stack"), creating long lines of trucks along the M20 in Kent, waiting for access to the tunnel to cross into France.

#OpStack #M20 closures remain in place btwn J8-11 coastbound & J9-J8 London-bound. #OperationStack expected to last into the weekend #alert

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