A state of emergency has been declared in the province of British Columbia due to large-scale floods caused by torrential rains. The emergency order came into force at 12:00 local time (20:00 Greenwich Mean Time), The Air Force reports with reference to governor of the region John Horgan.
It is reported that one woman died as a result of the landslide. Two more people are missing.
The strong storm also disrupted road and rail services in the region. In this regard, there was a need to evacuate thousands of people.
Officials in the region have linked the disaster to the effects of climate change.
"There's not a person that hasn't been affected or will not be affected by the events of this past weekend. These events are increasing in frequency due to human caused climate change," John Horgan stated.
The rains in the region began last weekend. Earlier in British Columbia, more than 250 mm of rain fell in excess of the monthly norm. In some places, the water level rose by 3.5 meters. The main impact of the disaster fell on the southern part of the province, where residents of many settlements were evacuated.
It is noted that there was a record high heat in the same region this summer, which killed over 500 people. In the summer there were forest fires, too.