Flooding in Nova Scotia brings new challenges to a country struggling with wildfires and severe weather.
Two people missing after flooding in eastern Canada have died, according to Nova Scotia officials.
Tim Houston, Premier of the Atlantic region, confirmed the death on Monday after heavy rains over the weekend. more rain and higher water levels in the area of Halifax, the largest city in the province.
“My deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of the two people who died in the aftermath of the flood,” Houston said in a statement.
A storm hit Nova Scotia on Friday, bringing flooding in some areas the sea region and more than 25cm (10 inches) of rain in one day, the amount it receives in about three months.
Four people, including two children, went missing over the weekend when two separate vehicles were swept away by floodwaters.
On Monday, Canadian police confirmed they had found the body of a 52-year-old Windsor man who went missing when his car sank.
They have also found what they believe to be the remains of a missing person on a nearby beach.
“I spoke with @TimHoustonNS today,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a Twitter post on Saturday.
“We discussed how Nova Scotians are always ready to help each other, the flooding, and the federal assistance that is being provided – and I let him know that our government is ready to provide additional assistance if needed.”
I talked to @TimHoustonNS today. We discussed how Nova Scotians are always there for each other, the ongoing flooding, and the federal aid that is being provided – and I let him know that our government is ready to provide additional assistance if needed.
– Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 23, 2023
Regional officials also reported damage to infrastructure, including six bridges that were destroyed and 19 damaged. About 50 roads were also affected and repair work was delayed in areas where floodwaters were still present.
The railways building the port of Halifax, Canada’s fourth largest, were also damaged.
Emergency responders continue to search for the missing people.