Fresh fires break out at Calais ‘Jungle camp’

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 11:45 AM IST
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A migrant cycles as another one cycles next to him as makeshift shelters are on fire at the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016 during a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Fresh fires broke out on October 26, 2016 in the "Jungle" camp on the second day of operations to tear down the squalid settlement in northern France, sending migrants fleeing with their meagre belongings. Huge clouds of black smoke billowed over the sprawling camp near Calais where up to 4,000 migrants remain as authorities continue to evacuate residents and dismantle their makeshift dwellings. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN |

Calais (France) : Fresh fires broke out in the “Jungle” camp on Wednesday on the second day of operations to tear down the squalid settlement in northern France, sending migrants fleeing with their meagre belongings, reports AFP.

Huge clouds of black smoke billowed over the sprawling camp near Calais where up to 4,000 migrants remain as authorities continue to evacuate residents and dismantle their makeshift dwellings.

“You have to leave,” an aid worker shouted. “You have these gas canisters in your caravan, get them out!” A volunteer’s SUV could be seen leaving the camp with more than 10 gas cylinders loaded onto a trailer. Meanwhile, a van belonging to a charity caught fire.

Around half of the camp’s estimated population of 6,000 to 8,000 migrants have been transferred out since Monday, boarding buses to centres around France.

Nearly 800 unaccompanied minors have been moved to shipping containers converted into temporary shelters in the Jungle, according to the interior ministry.

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