As French police confirmed the death of another migrant attempting to cross the Channel, Médecins du Monde, which has a semi-permanent base in “the jungle” migrant camp in Calais, said that the number of people needing urgent help had rocketed in recent days.
Migrants are making thousands of attempts to enter the Eurotunnel site on a near nightly basis. Eurotunnel said on Wednesday that it had blocked 37,000 attempted incursions.
In the last two nights hundreds of migrants have made more than 3,500 attempts to storm the Eurotunnel terminal, according to the company, describing it as the biggest incursion in the past six weeks. Two other Sudanese migrants, both in their 30s, were recovering in hospital after being struck by high-speed trains on Monday.
The British home secretary, Theresa May, said on Wednesday that there was a need for urgent security improvements at Calais. She said the British government would work with Eurotunnel on additional measures.
Medical staff in Calais say they are struggling to cope with the number of seriously injured migrants, who are taking ever greater risks attempting to get to the UK.