Canada : B.C. declares state of emergency
The government of Canada’s British Columbia (B.C.) declared a state of emergency in the Pacific province due to floods and mudslides caused by rainstorms in the last few days.
Every major route between the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, where Canada’s third largest city of Vancouver is, and the interior of the province has been cut by washouts, flooding or landslides following record-breaking rain across southern British Columbia between Saturday and Monday.
Thousands remain evacuated after an “atmospheric river” a long strip of moisture in the air that transports water from tropical areas towards the poles dumped the region’s monthly rainfall average in 24 hours.
Thousands of farm animals have died as a result of the floods, and thousands more will be in “critical need of food” over the next few days, according to the province’s Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham.
The federal government said it is sending the air force to assist with evacuations and to support supply lines.