This Saturday, the authorities in Canada they decreed the state of emergency in the province of Columbia, located in the west of the nation, after the strong floods and landslides that have occurred in the last few hours, which have resulted in at least four deaths and multiple disappearances, according to the police of the province.
“Over the past five days, a small team of forensics has worked together with law enforcement and search and rescue professionals to try to locate the people who were reported missing,” said Police Chief Forensic Officer Lisa Lapointe.
With the decree, members of the Canadian Air Force and Military Forces travel to the area to help rescue those still in the midst of the floods. At the moment, nearly 20,000 Columbia residents are being held in makeshift homes.
Justin Trudeau predicts more deaths after floods
While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that the military will remain in the area, “this has disturbed people’s lives (…) unfortunately, we hope to confirm more deaths in the coming days,” he said.
Canada’s westernmost province declared a state of emergency after a phenomenon known as an “atmospheric river” caused a month of rain in two days. The rain washed away roads and railways, isolating Vancouver and the lower continental region from the rest of the country, and blocking access to some cities entirely.
Another similar weather system is forecast to hit northern British Columbia on Sunday and bring heavy rains to the lower part of the continent, according to Environment Canada.
Rains forced oil pipeline shutdown in Canada
The Truth News reports that the storms, which began last Sunday, forced the shutdown of the Trans Mountain pipeline and severed two critical east-west rail lines owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP.TO) and Canadian National Railway Co (CNR.TO) that lead to the busiest in Canada, the port of Vancouver, preventing the supply of fuel and goods.
Canada He said work to repair damaged infrastructure will continue non-stop and service should be restored by the middle of next week. About 14,000 people remain under evacuation orders in various communities in the province of the Pacific.
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