Search and rescue (SAR) officials found three bodies swept away by a landslide in British Columbia, Canadaon Saturday (20/11).
British Columbia coroner Lisa Lapointe said she found four bodies, and was unable to pull out one person trapped in the mudslide.
“This has been a very difficult year for all of us in British Columbia, my condolences go out to the many families and communities who have suffered from this incident,” Lapointe said.
Previously, last week, one person was also declared dead in the disaster. He died in an avalanche that swept away a car on the freeway near Pemberton.
Rains that have continued to lash Canada’s westernmost province since last Sunday caused flooding and landslides.
Heavy rains have flooded roads and railroads. Two important east-west rail lines leading to Vancouver were cut off. Access to some cities has also become blocked.
This further hampers the supply of fuel and goods to be distributed to the affected areas.
The British Columbia government then declared a state of emergency in the region.
On Friday (11/19), the local government also imposed temporary restrictions on fuel and non-urgent travel. This is done to reduce supply chain logistics disruption and recovery in some parts.
Weather forecast system, Environment Canada, expects rain to hit northern British Columbia today and the lower landmass also to experience heavy rain.
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