Royal News: The Queen’s thoughts on flood victims in British Columbia

The Queen and the floods in Canada

British Columbia counts costs after hit by severe storms last week (Image: AP / Getty)

The Queen has paid tribute to aid workers who are responding to “catastrophic” floods in Canada.

British Columbia has suffered a deadly natural disaster, which may prove to be the most expensive in the country’s history.

The 95-year-old monarch’s message comes two days after authorities confirmed that three bodies were found from floods, bringing the death toll to four and with another person missing.

About 14,000 people are still under evacuation orders after record-breaking rainfall and strong winds destroyed bridges, roads and homes.

The Queen, who is also Canada’s head of state, issued a statement in both English and French.

She wrote: ‘My thoughts go out to the people of British Columbia as you continue to confront the recent catastrophic floods and gradually begin the process of recovery and reconstruction.

‘I am grateful for the tireless work of the many first aiders and volunteers who continue to provide comfort and support to their fellow Canadians during this difficult time.’

Damage caused by heavy rain and mudslides earlier in the week is pictured along the Coquihalla Highway near Hope, British Columbia, Thursday, November 18, 2021. (Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press via AP)

Large parts of the area are cut off and suffer from food and fuel shortages (Image: AP)

A photo of flooding in the Sumas Prairie area of ​​Abbotsford British Columbia, Canada, November 17, 2021. (Photo by Don MacKinnon / AFP) (Photo by DON MACKINNON / AFP via Getty Images)

Homes are under water and mudslides have destroyed roads throughout the province (Photo: AFP)

The Queen, who has sprained her back but also rested in Windsor for more than a month after an overnight stay at the hospital for preliminary examinations, performs only light tasks.

The western province of Canada declared a state of emergency after a month of rain fell in two days.

The area is struggling with food and fuel shortages, with the city of Vancouver effectively cut off from the rest of the country.

Temporary restrictions on fuel and unnecessary travel were imposed Friday in an attempt to ease supply chain disruptions and help restore work.

The storms, which started last Sunday, forced the closure of the Trans Mountain pipeline and cut off two critical east-west railroads owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway Co., leading to Canada’s busiest port of Vancouver, blocking fuel supplies and goods.

CP said work on repairing damaged infrastructure would continue unabated and that the service should be restored by the middle of next week.

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