Heavy rain on Canada’s Pacific coast caused several landslides on Monday. “Heavy rain and subsequent landslides and flooding have damaged various highways in the interior of British Columbia,” the province’s Department of Transportation said on Twitter.
According to media reports, rescue workers were deployed to rescue 275 people. They got stuck in their cars and trucks between two landslides near the city of Agassiz.
In the vicinity of the villages of Lilleut and Haig, travelers were prevented by mudslides from continuing their journey, according to British Columbia Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnsworth.
Search and rescue teams were dispatched to rescue people trapped in their cars for hours. Several victims were rescued by helicopter.
Provincial emergency services said nine patients with minor injuries were taken to hospital that night. “Please be safe,” urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter. The government is ready to provide all possible help to the affected.
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In the city of Abbotsford, near Vancouver, officials ordered the evacuation of more than a hundred homes in several areas at risk from flooding and landslides, according to Radio Canada. The City of Merritt also urged residents to leave their homes. Emergency centers have been set up for residents in both communities.
The local power company issued a flood warning due to high water levels in the reservoir and said it was working to restore power to thousands of people.
Canada’s environmental agency, Environment Canada, said in a statement that up to 250 mm of rain is expected in and around Vancouver by afternoon. Vancouver was hit by a rare tornado last week.
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