Fires cause new evacuations

The fires ravaging the forests of British Columbia in Western canada over the past weeks have prompted new evacuations. The rapid progress of the flames has forced the authorities to decide on Saturday night the evacuation of Clinton and its surrounding area.

The town has about 650 inhabitants. It is located a hundred kilometers of Kamloops, a city of about 100,000 inhabitants.

The vast majority of the 46’000 people driven from their homes by forest fires since the proclamation of the state of emergency in the province on July 7, had been allowed to go in the last few days. But there’s only about 5000 people, according to local authorities.

148 fires, fought by more than 4700 firefighters, are still active in the province. The flames have destroyed more than 390 000 hectares since 1 April of this year.

The prime minister Justin Trudeau has called his compatriots to donate generously to help the flood victims by attending on Saturday at a fundraiser for the canadian Red Cross in British Columbia. It has repeated its offer to provide federal assistance equal to the funds collected by the Red Cross and stated that he would in the coming days in the areas affected by the fires. (tty/nxp)

Created: 31.07.2017, 00h59

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