As storm Fiona devastates homes, Canada to deploy troops

The Canadian defense minister announced deployment of troops in the country’s eastern provinces devastated by the hurricane

RH Desk September 25

The Canadian government has decided to deploy troops to help clean up after storm Fiona destroyed houses and downed power lines in the country’s eastern provinces.

Fiona, which transformed into a powerful post-tropical cyclone, struck the Canadian coast early on Saturday. The cyclone lashed the region with torrential rains and winds of up to 92mph (148 kilometers/hour).

Anita Anand, the Canadian defense minister while announcing the deployment of troops said they would help remove fallen trees and other debris, restore transportation links and do whatever else is required for as long as it takes.

With powerful winds accompanied by heavy rains, houses in the path of the cyclone were pummelled down and power lines downed.

It left more than 415,000 residences in Nova Scotia – around 80 % of people in the province – without power on Saturday morning, according to the region’s power outage center, reported CNN.

In the hard-hit province of Prince Edward Island, over 82,000 customers were affected, along with around 44,000 in New Brunswick.

On Sunday, Puerto Rico said it has recorded at least 16 deaths linked to the hurricane.

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