Canada faces a deadly ‘once in a century’ storm
A deadly storm described by officials as a ‘once in a century’ weather event has severed road and rail links around Vancouver, Canada. Thousands were forced to leave their homes due to the storm that struck on Monday. The provincial minister of transportation, Rob Fleming, told a news conference it was the “worst weather storm in a century”.
The city of Vancouver is said to have been cut off after major routes to Canada’s largest port were closed. Many districts were evacuated. A few dozen kilometres from Vancouver, more than 1,000 people in Abbotsford were relocated. The 7,000 residents of the town of Merritt, 300 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, were also moved from their homes on Monday.
Canada’s public safety minister Mike Farnworth said that in some cases such as Coquihalla Highway, “it could be several weeks or months” before things return to normal. “We won’t know that until the experts do the work that needs to be done and they’re doing it right now,” he said.