360-Degree Video Captures Fire Raging as Calais Jungle Camp Is Destroyed
More than 7,000 migrants lived in the Jungle.
An immersive video showing the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle being burned to the ground was captured by a 360-degree camera from the New York Times.
The video shows flames and smoke engulfing the sprawling refugee camp that was once home to more than 7,000 migrants from Africa, Syria, Afghanistan, and other war-torn and impoverished countries.
The residents of the Jungle were told last month to evacuate the premises, and many of them were transported via busses provided by the French government to resettlement centers around the country to help them apply for amnesty and set up more permanent homes.
"It's the end of the Jungle, our mission is over. There are no more migrants in the camp," Fabienne Buccio, the prefect of Pas-de-Calais, said, according to the BBC.
The New York Times placed a camera in the middle of the camp as the fires raged, taking advantage of new 360-degree technology to capture the scene from all angles, including a few individuals who were still in the camp running past the camera.
In the video, black smoke can be seen drifting over the tents and tarps that acted as temporary homes for migrants for years, while some structures smolder after burning to the ground. The pathways leading around the camp are deserted, while outside the police-enforced perimeter dozens of journalists and residents watched.
The migrants, most of them men, were taken to 450 locations around France as part of the relocation program.