“The body of a woman was found in a landslide on Highway 99 near Lillooet, 250 kilometers north of Vancouver, on Monday morning.“, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement Tuesday.
“The number of people and vehicles reported missing has not been confirmed.“, indicated authorities, adding that the search was continuing.
On Monday, about 7,000 residents of the city of Merritt, located 300 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, received instructions to leave the area.
“This evacuation order is likely to remain in effect for more than a week.“, as flooding continues to cause “significant harm and damage,” the city government said on Tuesday.
Floods cause disruption of “all rail services to and from Port of Vancouver”said local port authority spokesman Matti Polychronis.
According to images broadcast on Canadian television, the rain had stopped, but many roads were closed and cities were flooded.
Some areas record around 95% of monthly rainfall in 24 hourssaid meteorologist Armel Castellan of the Canadian meteorological agency.
“I have no doubt that this event is related to climate change, because it has never happened before“, the province’s Minister of Public Security, Mike Farnworth, told a news conference.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “deeply concerned about the situation in British Columbia” and stressed that the province would have “resources that may be needed”.
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