Canada: Ice storm kills millions without power

At least two people were killed and several million people were without power Thursday as a blizzard swept through eastern Canada. The storm hit Quebec and Ontario, two of Canada’s most populous provinces. An Ontario resident was killed by a falling tree. Another man was crushed by a branch he was trying to see in his garden about 60 kilometers west of Montreal.

Heavy damage

After the weather warning was lifted, Quebec Economy and Energy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon told reporters, “Montreal is devastated, but the situation is under control. Officials continued to exercise caution, advising people to stay away from downed power lines and avoid walking in forest with fallen trees covered in ice.

Power lines were damaged at many places by falling trees or branches. It was Quebec’s worst power outage since a snowstorm in 1998 that threw the province into chaos for weeks.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke of “a very difficult time (…) for people in the area affected by this snowstorm (…)”.

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