Canadian capital of Ottawa declares state of emergency as waters swell
Marje Pelayo • April 26, 2019 • 1922
(REUTERS) Rising waters were prompting further evacuations in central Canada on Thursday (April 25), with the mayor of the country’s capital, Ottawa, declaring a state of emergency and Quebec authorities warning that a hydroelectric dam was at risk of breaking.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited flood victims in Gatineau, Quebec, saying communities have to “reflect that with climate change we are going to see more and more of these extreme weather events more regularly”.
“Once again we’re here noticing and noting how the floods across the country are a challenge here in Quebec and elsewhere. We need to make sure that we’re continuing to work well. All orders of government — municipal, provincial and federal, as we are — to ensure that we’re keeping people safe and supporting them through these difficult moments,” Trudeau said.
“But at the same time we also have to reflect that with climate change we are going to see more and more of these extreme weather events more regularly. It means we have to think about adaptation, mitigation and how we’re going to move forward together,” he added.
Spring flooding had killed one person and forced more than 900 people from their homes in Canada’s Quebec province as of 1 p.m. on Thursday, according to a government website.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pleased to announce on Thursday (December 9) that the country’s Ministry of Health already approved the purchase and use of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech.
In a series of tweets, the Canadian Prime Minister said they are expecting 30,000 doses of the vaccine on Monday (December 14) to arrive at 14 points of shipment across Canada.
Before the end of the year, Canada is set to receive up to 249,000 doses more.
Health Minister Patty Hadju commended the efforts of Canadian health experts in making the procurement of the vaccines possible.
Despite the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Trudeau reminded Canadians not to let their guards down and observe public health guidelines to curb transmissions.
He encouraged Canadians to stay updated by downloading the government’s #COVID-19Alert app for latest news.
Tokyo could declare a state of emergency if the coronavirus situation in the Japanese capital deteriorates further, its governor warned on Friday (July 31).
Yuriko Koike said Tokyo had confirmed 463 new cases on Friday – another single-day record – and implored residents to follow health guidelines to contain the spread of the virus.
“If the situation worsens, Tokyo would have to think about issuing its own state of emergency,” Koike told a news conference.
The Japanese government lifted the nationwide state of emergency in late May after Japan appeared to have contained the outbreak, touting its mask-wearing habits and health system as some of the factors that helped it fare better than Europe and the United States.
But the virus has made a worrying resurgence. The number of daily new cases in Japan hit a new record on Thursday (July 30), with infections spreading rapidly not only in Tokyo but also in other regions. (Reuters)
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