Canada announces multimillion dollar relief fund after Hurricane Fiona

Canada announces multimillion dollar relief fund after Hurricane Fiona

DARTmouth (DPA-AFX) — Nearly a week and a half after Hurricane “Fiona” hit Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised additional help through a reconstruction fund. 300 million Canadian dollars (about 223 million euros) are to be made available over two years, Trudeau said Tuesday (local time) during a visit to Dartmouth in the province of Nova Scotia, which was hit particularly hard by “Fiona”. ,

It should help those affected and support long-term reconstruction measures. “This fund will be for everyone who is not covered by other programs.” The damage was “much worse than what could be shown from television or the Internet,” he said.

With heavy rainfall and storm surges in late September, “Fiona” caused severe damage along the east coast of Canada. Hundreds of thousands of people were temporarily without electricity. As broadcaster CBC reported Tuesday, citing Nova Scotia Prime Minister Tim Houston, more than 20,000 residents in the province are still without electricity. Many of them will have to wait until the weekend for supplies to be restored./vtc/DP/ngu

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