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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Canada’s province has declared an emergency and is bracing for more deaths as a result of historic flooding

Downpours in British Columbia this week trapped motorists in mudslides, leaving at least one person dead and four people missing, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, and cutting off Vancouver and its port, according to officials.

Abbotsford, Canada: 

After record rainfall on the Pacific coast caused a state of emergency on Wednesday, Canada is sending the military to rescue evacuate and support areas affected by “catastrophic” floods, with the death count expected to grow.

Downpours in British Columbia this week caught vehicles in mudslides, resulting in at least one death and four missing individuals, forcing thousands of residents to leave their homes and closing off Vancouver and its port, according to officials.

In Washington, ahead of meetings with his US and Mexican counterparts, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the high rains caused “historical and horrific flooding” that “has impacted the lives and taken the lives of people across BC.”

“I can confirm that hundreds of soldiers of the Canadian Armed Forces are currently ready to travel to British Columbia to assist with everything from supplies to evacuation and whatever else is required,” he added.

Premier John Horgan of British Columbia declared a state of emergency and issued a travel ban, telling reporters that “catastrophic” rains, winds, and flooding had “entire devastated communities across our province.”

“In the next days, we expect to confirm even more fatalities,” he continued.

The poor weather this week follows record-breaking summer heat in British Columbia, which killed over 500 people and damaged a city, as well as wildfires that destroyed a town.

“The effects of human-caused climate change are increasing the regularity of these disasters,” Horgan said days after world leaders met in Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference.

Airlifted to safety

The severe rains had stopped by Tuesday afternoon. A total of 300 motorists have been taken to safety after being trapped on highways due to mudslides, and a few evacuation orders have been removed.

“We’re not out of this yet,” said Henry Braun, mayor of hard-hit Abbotsford, east of Vancouver, at a press conference.

“We’re in deep doo-doo if we have another weather event like we just had,” he warned.

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