So far, authorities Canada One person died due to heavy rains flood And floor slides Roads were destroyed, several mountain villages isolated and basic services crippled. However, at least three people are still missing.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan described the disaster as a once-in-500-year event.
The entry into force of the state of emergency
Horgan announced the entry into force of a state of emergency, which will last 14 days and will have the possibility of extending it if necessary.
This measure will give the country’s government greater “flexibility” to maintain the supply chain, which has been hampered by roadblocks deriving from flood And floor slidesHorgan stressed.
“Our goal is to clean, repair and reopen roads so that our supply chains can move in,” said Regional Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Rob Fleming.
Vancouver has been cut off
Vancouver has been quarantined by land, all closed due to the damage it caused flood And floor slidesWhile rail access to its port, which is the largest in the country, has been cut off.
They are deployed to help thousands of trapped residents, while volunteers also help neighbors and animals.
A phenomenon known as atmospheric river
After a phenomenon known as an atmospheric river dumped the equivalent of a month of rain in two days, officials are concerned that another torrential rain could flood a pumping station near Abbotsford, a city of 160,000 people east of Vancouver, which has already been partially evacuated.
Abbotsford farmers ignored the order to evacuate and tried hard to save their animals from the rising waters, in some cases tying ropes around the cows’ necks and dragging them to higher ground.
Some cities are located in remote mountainous regions with limited access and freezing temperatures.
Floods and landslides caused by climate change
Prime Minister CanadaJustin Trudeau, who is in the United States for the North American Leaders Summit, asked Emergencies Minister Bill Blair to convene a meeting of the Incident Response Group to address the situation in British Columbia.
Blair carried out the appointment in which he affirmed that “the floodAnd floor slides The extreme weather conditions caused by climate change “affect” many societies.
The Incident Response Group is committed to continuing to “prioritize” federal action on climate change to mitigate the effects of extreme weather and protect the health and safety of communities across. Canada“.
The flood is the second weather-related disaster to hit British Columbia in recent months. A massive fire in a forest in the same area as part of the devastation devastated an entire city in late June.