Emergency has been declared in Alberta in Canada after a wildfire forced all 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to be evacuated. The provincial Government declared that it will provide C$100m ($77m) in cash to evacuees. At least 1,500 fire fighters and 200 helicopters, 300 pieces of heavy equipment and 30 aircraft tankers have been arranged.
It is apparent that the damage was extensive and would take months to repair.
The fire, which broke out on Sunday, has gutted 1,600 buildings, including a newly built school. Fire has taken entire town of McMurray in Alberta and the trouble is, it can double in size over the next 20 hours. The fire circumference is so much that it is estimated it could be larger than New York City and is being fuelling by winds and feeding on dry vegetation.
After devastating the city, the flames appear to move away from the town, most of whose dwellers have already been moved to safety. Remarkably, more than 88,000 inhabitants were evacuated from the city earlier this week.
A land convoy evacuating citizens from oil worker camps in the north was suspended after 200ft (60m) flames flanked the road.
Top Facts & Current Situation:
- The city is the world’s 3rd largest reserves of oil.
- The city is in the heart of Canada’s oil sands country.
- Oil production has been halted by the fire, which is as much as quarter of entire country’s consumption, raising concerns and anticipating effect on the Canadian economy.
- 2 oil sand sites are directly scared by the wild flames, while 10 operators have cut production.
Friday afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called upon Canadians to donate to charities help relief efforts. “To those who have lost so much: we are resilient, we are Canadians, and we will make it through this difficult time, together,” he said.
As we can see in the pictures, the skies filled with grey and black smoke and flames roared into the air, devouring even the tallest pine trees.
Tens of thousands were evacuated by air with 300 flights to the provincial capital Edmonton since Tuesday. Another 4,000 are due to leave on Saturday.
No deaths or injuries have been reported.
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