Four people die as a result of record floods in western Canada

Record floods in western Canada have left at least four people dead and a fifth person is still missing, local authorities said Saturday, which restricted access to fuel in the affected areas.

Heavy rains in southwest British Columbia on Sunday and Monday caused landslides and floods that destroyed roads and infrastructure. The Trans Mountain pipeline, critical to Alberta's oil industry, was temporarily closed.

The Royal Gendarmerie (Federal Police) confirmed on Saturday that the bodies of three men missing since Monday had been found near Duffy Lake.

"We continued our search for a fourth man, but the weather conditions made our efforts difficult," security official Janelle Choueit said in a statement issued by the gendarmerie.

With these three deaths, the number of flood deaths rises to four. The body of a woman was found Monday near mudslides that swept away a large part of a highway.

And British Columbia authorities announced in a statement that this highway, which connects Vancouver to isolated areas in the north of the province, reopened Saturday to "essential traffic only."

On Friday, the authorities required individuals to have a maximum of 30 liters of fuel for each pass on the pump, in order to mitigate the disruptions in the supply chain caused by this extreme weather condition.

For his part, the county's Public Safety Secretary Mike Farnworth estimated at a press conference Saturday that these measures could remain in place for "ten days", and urged residents to limit their travel to save gasoline.

This region on the Pacific coast has suffered from repeated natural disasters within a few months, starting with a very intense heat wave at the end of June caused by global warming, according to experts, followed by large fires.

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