Monday, May 27, 2024

Floods in Nova Scotia, Canada cause unimaginable damage and loss of 4 lives


Nova Scotia, a Canadian province bordering the Atlantic Ocean, has had its heaviest rain in more than 50 years, authorities said Saturday, causing a downpour that caused “unimaginable” damage.
The storm, which began on Friday, brought more than 25 centimeters of rain in some areas in just 24 hours, which is usually three months’ worth of rain. The resulting flooding weakened roads, bridges and inundated buildings.
“We have a terrible and terrible situation,” said Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston, adding that at least seven bridges will need to be replaced or rebuilt.
He added at a press conference, “The damage to property…is unimaginable,” and indicated that the region would receive significant support from the federal government.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Toronto that he was deeply concerned about the flooding and pledged to “stand behind” the province of Ottawa.
Officials declared a state of emergency in Halifax, Nova Scotia’s largest city, and four other areas.
Halifax Municipality reported “extreme damage to roads and infrastructure” and urged people not to use their cars and stay at home.
Images posted on social media from Halifax showed abandoned cars submerged in floodwaters and rescue workers using boats to rescue people.
Two children are missing after the car they were traveling in sank, according to Houston, citing police. In another incident, a man and a youth went missing after their car plunged into deep water.
Environment Canada expects heavy rain to continue in the eastern part of the province on Sunday.

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