Spring flooding in Alberta adds to residents’ woes amid pandemic

ALBERTA, CA — As the battle against COVID-19 continues, residents in Fort McMurray, Alberta face another problem with spring flooding in the area.

Floods caused by ice jams at the Athabasca River have forced the mandatory evacuation of residents since Sunday amidst restrictions due to the pandemic.

Some of the affected residents and businesses were those who also recovered from the massive wildfires in 2016.

“At a time that’s already challenging with economic adversity plus the pandemic, its too much for some people to bet. The govt and the people of Alberta stand with them and support them,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

The province has announced emergency cash payments of $1,250 per adult and $500 per minor to those affected beginning next week.

Canada reported more than 52,o00 cases of COVID-19 across the country, with 3,082 deaths as of Thursday, April 30.

But with latest modeling figures showing the number of cases slowing down.

“Canadians are stepping up to keep each other safe, curve has flattened and we have to keep it up. People are making sacrifices and following public health rules so let’s stick to it,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In Toronto, CIBC Global Money Transfer goes beyond borders to help Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bank’s online money transfer service donated $15,000 to ABS-CBN Foundation International’s Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig, or Bridge of Love campaign.

The fundraising aims to help Filipinos affected by the COVID lockdown in Metro Manila, where quarantine measures have been extended until May 15th.

“We know a lot of them lost their jobs due to businesses closing down, they don’t have savings to help tide them through this period. With Bridge of Love, and their door to door service, we know we can help families in the Philippines put food on their table and still stay safe,” said Michael Aprieto.

The campaign has raised more than 250 million pesos in donations and pledges.

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