Military deployed as Pacific north-west grapples with devastating floods

Province’s premier issues state of emergency and warns death toll expected to rise as one fatality confirmed

Troops have been deployed in British Columbia to help stranded residents and search areas hit by landslides and floods after a powerful storm dumped a month’s worth of rain in two days across a swath of western Canada and the US Pacific north-west.

The Canadian government approved a request for federal assistance from the embattled province on Wednesday, the minister of emergency preparedness, Bill Blair, confirmed.

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