(Reuters) – The eastern Canadian city of Halifax declared a local state of emergency late Sunday after a massive fire caused evacuations and power outages.
“Emergency responders are working around the clock to keep people safe and reduce the threats posed by the fires,” the municipal authority in Nova Scotia’s provincial capital said in a newspaper. launch.
The fire sent a cloud of thick smoke over the coastal city.
The municipality said the state of emergency will be in effect for seven days, unless it is lifted or extended.
Nova Scotia Power said on Twitter it had temporarily cut power to the affected area.
Telecommunications companies including Rogers and Bell Aliant of Bell Canada said in posts on Twitter that some customers in communities evacuated due to wildfires may experience disruption to services.
This month, the western province of Alberta declared a provincial state of emergency after tens of thousands of people were forced from their homes as unprecedented wildfires raged.
Additional reporting by Nilotpal Timsina and Maria Ponizath in Bengaluru; Edited by Robert Purcell
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