In British Columbia, some places received 95% of the monthly rainfall within 24 hours, causing severe damage.
The Heavy rains, mudslides and floods have hit British Columbia in recent daysIn western Canada, at least one person was killed and thousands were evacuated, local authorities said Tuesday. “250 km north of Vancouver, 250 km north of Vancouver) The body of a woman was found in a landslide on Highway 99, and research is still ongoing, the Federal Police Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.
The number of missing people and vehicles has not been confirmed, officials said. On Monday, 7,000 residents of the town of Merritt, located 300 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, were evacuated. “We expect this evacuation order to last more than a week,” the municipality said in a statement on Tuesday. “Floods continue to cause serious accidents and damage”, She stressed. “They led to the disruption of all rail services to Vancouver Port,” a spokeswoman, Mattie Polychronis, said.
According to images aired on Canadian television, 250 millimeters of rain fell in Fraser Valley on Monday, but many roads remained closed and cities were still under water. “At Hope (about 100 km east of Vancouver, the editor’s note) on Sunday we saw 174 millimeters in 24 hours and 250 millimeters in 48 hours, which is unheard of in history at this station,” said meteorologist Armel Castellon. Environment Canada. Some places received 95% of their monthly rainfall within 24 hours.
“I have no doubt that these events are linked to climate change. Several districts were evacuated, including about 1,100 people in the city areas of Abbott sford, just a few dozen kilometers from Vancouver.
Henry Brown, the mayor of this city of about 150,000 people on the Canada-US border, said: “It breaks my heart to see what is happening to our city. The city councilor explained that the flood was caused by the overflowing river Nouxac in the United States. “This is the worst situation I’ve seen since I moved here in September 1953,” he lamented at a news conference. According to an update from BC Hydro, about 9,000 people were still without electricity. “We are deeply concerned about the situation in British Columbia,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. “We will be there with all the resources that British Columbia may need,” he added.
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