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18,000 people stranded by landslides amid flood in British Columbia

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Canadian province British Columbia has declared an emergency amid floods and landslides. The region is braced for more torrential rain. Around 18,000 people are stranded and trying to find food. The wildfire that affected the region a few months ago has destroyed the vegetation that could have slowed the flood down.

One person is confirmed dead and many others are missing. Search and rescue are combing through the debris. The military has joined the effort to rescue the stranded population. People were reported to be struggling to find food among empty grocery stores, reported The Guardian.

Officials are keeping an eye on a pumping station in Abbotsford. If it fails, the results will be "catastrophic". The mayor of the city, Henry Braun said that he is more concerned about the rain that's coming next week. Premier of British Columbia John Horgan told the media that this has been a terrible disaster. He added that Canadians are supporting the province as one big family.

Officials issued a mandatory evacuation order. But some people have stayed behind as they cannot leave family members who need extra assistance to move behind. Landslides forced some people to spend the night on the road and sleep in their cars. Many are cut off from the outside world and are frustrated that more care was not taken in helping people evacuate, reported The Guardian.

Food is being supplied by a helicopter. The Chawathil and Skawahlook First Nation have distributed canned food. Members of the Lytton First Nation are sheltering people.

The disaster has forced some people to face the truth of the climate crisis. The region is used to having fires in the summer and floods in the spring. But many are finding it hard to believe that a flood can happen this fast from rain.

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