Fiona hits Canada, 470,000 without power, army sent to help
Christian Fernsby | ▼ September 25, 2022
Canadian troops are being sent to assist the recovery from the devastation of storm Fiona, which swept away houses, stripped off roofs and knocked out power across the country’s Atlantic provinces.
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After surging north from the Caribbean as a hurricane, Fiona came ashore on Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone, battering Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Quebec with hurricane-strength winds, heavy rains and huge waves.
Defence Minister Anita Anand said troops would help to remove fallen trees and other debris, restore transportation links and do whatever else is required for as long as it takes.
Fiona was blamed for at least five deaths in the Caribbean, but there was no confirmation of any fatalities or serious injuries in Canada. Police said a woman who might have been swept away was listed as missing in the town of Channel-Port aux Basques on the southern coast of Newfoundland.
Raging surf pounded Port aux Basques and entire structures were washed into the sea.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the town of 4,000 people was in a state of emergency with several electrical fires and residential flooding.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cancelled his trip to Japan for the funeral for assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe on Monday.
“We are seeing devastating images coming out of Port aux Basques," he said. "PEI [Prince Edward Island] has experienced storm damage like they’ve never seen. Cape Breton is being hit hard, too.
“There are people who see their houses destroyed, people who are very worried — we will be there for you."
Mike Savage, mayor of Halifax, said the roof of an apartment building collapsed in Nova Scotia’s biggest city and officials had moved 100 people to an evacuation centre. He said no one was seriously hurt.
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