Terrifying scenes.. Fires are widespread in Eastern Canada’s Nova Scotia and force thousands to leave their homes

Thousands of people in Eastern Canada’s Nova Scotia have been forced to evacuate their homes due to widespread fires that are consuming land. The scenes are quite terrifying.

FIres have devoured large areas of forests in eastern Canada over the past days, and their intensity has increased in recent hours, especially in the Tantallon fire, which was not limited to agricultural areas, but swept through many homes and led to the displacement of thousands of citizens.

According to the Canadian authorities, more than 16,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in Nova Scotia, after the numerous fires raging in the country threatened residential areas near the city of Halifax.

The fire is still out of control northwest of Halifax since Sunday night when authorities declared a state of emergency, calling on suburban residents to remain on alert to evacuate their homes at any moment.

Late on Sunday, the municipality of Halifax declared a local emergency in the periphery and areas affected by the massive bushfires, which have prompted evacuations, school closures and power outages outside the province.

In its statement, the municipality said that the state of emergency will continue for 7 days, unless it is lifted or extended, and attributed its cause to climate changes and environmental interactions.

She explained that the purpose of this decision is to obtain a higher level of coordination between the authorities, access to emergency funds, and to be able to obtain appropriate support from organizations and companies to support the evacuated population.

Numerous scenes – spread on social media – showed the size of the fires that caused the emergency in Canada, specifically Halifax.

Although the fire did not cause any human injuries, local television channels broadcasted scenes of plumes of smoke surrounding the area and many homes and cars turning into ashes due to the fire.

Marianne and Peter Gillespie, who were trapped in the fire, believed that they were going to lose their lives.

They added in statements to the public television network “CBC” that they fled in their car while it was falling ashes and sparks.

A volunteer firefighter with tears in his eyes described his experience of driving through burning cars and houses to Radio Canada.

“The province of Nova Scotia is facing pressure,” said Premier Tim Houston, while Mayor Mike Savage of Halifax characterized the fire as “unprecedented.”

During a press conference, Savage said that the evacuation zone perimeter has not been enlarged since yesterday. This is a positive sign that the situation may be under control, but it is still hazardous.

According to officials, even though the wind direction shifted back towards the origin of the fire on Monday, it was still insufficient to prevent the risk.

She explained that the firefighting teams can only control the fire if it rains; however, there is no rain predicted for this week. Currently, there are wildfires in eight out of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories since Monday.

In recent years, western Canada has been repeatedly exposed to climatic phenomena, aggravated by global warming


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