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Canada sends troops to clean up the devastation of Hurricane Fiona.climate news

Hurricane Fiona left power outages for hundreds of thousands of people across eastern Canada as authorities try to assess the damage.

The Canadian military is mobilized after Hurricane Fiona blacked out hundreds of thousands of people along Canada’s Atlantic coast. extent of devastation.

rear go north from the CaribbeanFiona made landfall as a tropical cyclone before dawn on Saturday, pummeling regions of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Quebec in Canada with hurricane-strength winds, heavy rains and huge waves.

Defense Minister Anita Anand said the Canadian military would clear fallen trees across eastern Canada, restore transportation networks, and do whatever else needed to the best of their ability. She did not specify how many units would be deployed.

Fiona At least five people have died in the Caribbean. Canadian authorities have not confirmed any fatalities, but they are searching for the missing woman in Channel Port-au-her Basque’s most severely hit town on Newfoundland’s south coast.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Jolene Garland, said: “It is highly likely that she was swept out to sea, but we have not been able to confirm that.

Canada’s Minister of Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair said the damage caused by Fiona had never been seen before and it would take months to rebuild the destroyed infrastructure.

“I think the scale of what we’re dealing with is unprecedented,” Blair said.

“I think it will probably take months of work to restore some of the critical infrastructure, such as the buildings and houses that were blown up from the community centers and schools, and the roofs,” he added.

As of Sunday morning, over 256,000 Nova Scotia Power customers and over 82,000 Maritime Electric customers (about 95% of the total) in Prince Edward Island remained unknown. So did the more than 20,600 homes and businesses in New Brunswick.

More than 415,000 Nova Scotia Power customers (approximately 80% of the state of nearly 1 million people) were affected by Saturday’s outage.

Utility companies say it could be several days before lights return to everyone.

Cape Breton Municipal Mayor Amanda McDougall said on Sunday that more than 200 people had been evacuated and were in temporary shelters. In her area she has made more than 70 roads completely inaccessible and a state of emergency has been declared. She said she couldn’t count the number of damaged homes in her neighborhood.

McDougal said it was important for the military to arrive and help clear the debris, saying the road to the airport was inaccessible and the tower had been severely damaged, but no one was injured. did.

“People heeded the warnings, did what they should, and this is the result,” she said.

The disaster prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cancel a trip to Japan. Funeral of assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

“We are seeing devastating images coming out of Porto au Basque. PEI [Prince Edward Island] They experienced storm damage like they had never seen before. Cape Breton has also been hit hard,” Trudeau said.

“There are people who are very concerned to see their homes destroyed. We are there for you,” Trudeau added.

The Canadian Hurricane Center tweeted that Fiona had the lowest pressure ever recorded for a landfalling storm in Canada, a key indication of storm intensity.

Trudeau said: “The more intense storms are occurring more frequently.

He said more resilient infrastructure is needed to withstand extreme weather events, and climate change could mean that what was once a century-long storm could come every few years. Said there was.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/25/canada-sends-troops-to-help-clear-hurricane-fionas-devastation Canada sends troops to clean up the devastation of Hurricane Fiona.climate news

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