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Five migrants die trying to cross the English Channel

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At least five people, including a child, have died trying to cross the English Channel from France to Great Britain in an overloaded boat, Reuters reports.

About 110 migrants were on the boat in which they tried to cross the Channel.

"The provisional number of deaths is five people, three men, one woman and one child", the coast guard of the country announced.

Search and rescue operations at sea are still ongoing.

The incident happened a few hours after the British parliament approved the bill to deport immigrants in Rwanda.

Stopping the flow of migrants is a priority for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's government, who says Rwanda's plan will act as a deterrent.

Tens of thousands of migrants, many fleeing wars and poverty in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, have reached Britain in recent years by crossing the English Channel in small, overcrowded boats organized by smugglers.