|A state of emergency has been declared in British Columbia. (Photo by= BBC News)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] A state of emergency has been declared in the Canadian western province of British Columbia after a major storm cut road and rail links in the region, BBC reported. The Canadian Armed Forces have been deployed to help thousands of stranded residents who have been trapped since the storm hit overnight on Sunday. Local officials warned on Thursday that the price tag to rebuild could exceed C$1bn ($790m, £590m). One woman was killed in a landslide, and two people are missing. Officials expect more fatalities to be confirmed in the coming days. One man caught up in the storm told the BBC the scenes afterward were like "Armageddon".
Thousands of farm animals have died and many more remain trapped by the flood waters after the storm passed through one of Canada's most agriculturally intensive areas. Some 18,000 people are yet to return to their homes after an "atmospheric river" - a long strip of moisture in the air that transports water from tropical areas towards the poles - dumped the region's monthly rainfall average in 24 hours.
As of Thursday, nearly 7,000 properties remained under mandatory evacuation orders, with more than 2,500 others under an evacuation advisory. British Columbia Premier John Horgan announced the two-week emergency order on Wednesday, in order to keep people off flooded roads and expedite rescues.