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Trudeau begins tour of storm-hit Atlantic Canada as power outages persist

PORT AUX BASQUES, Newfoundland, September 27 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will tour Atlantic Canada on Tuesday, where most have lost power, many have lost their homes and a few have lost their lives when record-breaking storm Fiona ravaged the provinces to the east. coast.

Fiona made landfall on Saturday as a post-tropical storm with strong winds, precipitation and high waves, killing at least three people. Fiona recorded the lowest barometric pressure on record for a storm making landfall in Canada, the hurricane center said.

“As the devastating effects of Hurricane Fiona in the Atlantic Provinces and Eastern Quebec continue to be felt, our Canadian Forces continue to provide support,” said Defense Minister Anita. Anand during a press briefing.

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Anand said the Canadian military was assisting local officials in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland in their rescue and cleanup efforts.

Initial estimates from ratings agency DBRS indicated that the cost to the insurance industry of insured losses would be in the range of C$300-700 million ($218-509 million).

As of Tuesday morning, more than a quarter of electricity customers were still without power in Nova Scotia. Government officials have said it could take months before infrastructure can be fully restored.

Trudeau, who canceled a planned trip to Japan for the state funeral of former prime minister Shinzo Abe, is traveling to the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island (PEI). ) and Nova Scotia to meet with residents and emergency crews and to assess the damage.

“The storm will likely cause record insured losses in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island,” DBRS analysts said in a report.

However, Atlantic Canada’s property insurance market is relatively small and losses should be manageable for the insurance industry, DBRS said.

The storm’s initial economic impact was also felt by fishing businesses, a key industry in Canada’s Atlantic provinces.

“The financial support needed will be on many fronts, including small craft harbor facility infrastructure, lost or damaged fishing vessels, and gear lost in destroyed or damaged sheds, or gear that was actively fishing in the water at the time of the storm,” the Independent Fishermen’s Federation of Canada said in a statement.

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Additional reporting and writing by Ismail Shakil; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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