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4 Indians freeze to death at U.S. – Canada border

4 Indians freeze to death at U.S. - Canada border

4 Indians freeze to death at U.S. – Canada border

A family of four Indians including an infant froze to death in Canada as they attempted to cross the U.S. border illegally during a blizzard in what Justin Trudeau described as a “mind blowing” tragedy.

Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on Thursday said that the bodies of four people – two adults, a teen and an infant were found on the Canadian side of the U.S./Canada border near Emerson on Wednesday.

An immediate search began on both sides of the border, and by that afternoon, the bodies of an adult man, an adult woman, and an infant were found. The body of a boy believed to be in his mid-teens was found shortly afterwards.

India’s consulate in Toronto has sent a team of officials to Winnipeg in Manitoba to coordinate with local officials and law enforcement. Canadian police have also briefed Indian officials in Ottawa.

Officials in both countries said it is more common to see crossings north from the U.S. into Canada. Border crossings into Canada on foot increased in 2016 following the election of former US president Donald Trump.