Boat capsizes in English Channel, 27 migrants dead

A small boat packed with migrants capsized in the English Channel on Wednesday, killing dozens of people.

French authorities say 27 people were confirmed dead and two are in serious condition.

It is not known where the victims came from.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said four people had been detained on suspicion of helping the migrants cross the Channel.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement, "France will not let the Channel become a graveyard."

He said criminal organizations are involved in trafficking and vowed to enhance cooperation with the European Union and Britain to prevent it.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to reporters after an emergency Cabinet meeting.

He said smuggling gangs are exploiting the migrants.

He criticized the French government, saying measures to prevent migrants from crossing the channel are inadequate.

The BBC reports that an increasing number of migrants from the Middle East and Africa are crossing the channel to reach Britain, and their number has topped 25,000 so far this year.