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Three months of rain in one day flooded the Canadian province of Nova Scotia over the weekend, the provincial minister said.
– We had biblical proportions with rain last night and throughout the day, Halifax Mayor Mike Savage said Saturday, writing CNN.
– This is an extraordinary event, following the wildfires of not so long ago, as well as Hurricane Fiona last fall, he adds.
A major forest fire in the Halifax area, which started in May of this year, destroyed 151 homes. More than 16,000 people were evacuated. Today, citizens are struck by a new disaster.
Streets are flooded, people have been evacuated and four people are missing after their cars were swept away in two separate incidents.
Two of the missing are children.
– Last night we searched a flooded field and found a pick-up truck with no one on board. We believe this is the car the two children were traveling in, Canadian police said in a statement. statement sunday.
Three people who were in the same car as the two children managed to escape.
– I can’t help but think of these families and these four people. I want them to know that we are doing everything we can. I know the whole province is with me as I pray for their safe return home, Nova Scotia Provincial Minister Tim Houston said at a press conference.
According to the minister, this weekend, about 250 millimeters of rain fell in one day in the province.
– We received three months of rain in less than 24 hours. It came quickly and it came violently.
He tells of enormous damage:
- 19 bridges in the neighborhood were damaged. Six of them are completely destroyed.
- Several roads are completely closed and many people are isolated.
– It’s absolutely amazing to see the power of water and what it has caused. We are working as quickly as possible to reopen our roads, he said.
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