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After historic storm Fiona rips the east coast, Canada braces itself for the long haul.

On Saturday, after severe storm Fiona wreaked havoc on Canada’s east coast, the attention moved to enormous clean-up activities, damage assessment, and the restoration of electricity and telecom services, as officials warned of a lengthy road to recovery.

With hurricane-force winds, the historic storm smashed into eastern Canada, prompting evacuations, uprooting trees and powerlines, and leaving many homes to “simply a pile of debris.”Fiona was the lowest pressurised landfalling storm on record in Canada, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

Canadian armed personnel will be dispatched to assist with the clean-up, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said that Fiona inflicted tremendous damage and that recovery will take time.Despite the storm’s severity, there were no significant injuries or deaths, according to government officials, since citizens heeded the frequent warnings.

Thousands of citizens in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and Newfoundland were still without power and dealing with erratic communications, and government officials asked for patience.They warned that it could take weeks for crucial services to be fully restored in some circumstances.

“We do know that the devastation is extensive, perhaps possibly the worst we have ever seen,” Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island, told reporters on Saturday.”Islanders… should be aware that our rehabilitation will take weeks, if not months. It will be an all-hands approach “He continued.

Due to the power outage caused by Fiona, several university students queued for food outside convenience stores powered by generators. The Canadian Red Cross has launched a fundraising campaign to assist those affected.

According to government officials, the entire extent of the devastation will not be known for several days or weeks. However, with gusts of up to 170 km/h blowing away buildings, bridges, and roads, Fiona was reminiscent of the destruction inflicted by past storms, notably Hurricane Dorian in 2019, which is believed to have cost C$105 million in insurance.

The premiers of the afflicted provinces have urged the federal government that they require long-term support for public and vital infrastructure after the storm ripped off the roofs of schools and community centres, as well as immediate relief for companies and families to resume normal life.

The hurricane also seriously damaged fishing harbours in Atlantic Canada, potentially harming the country’s C$3.2 billion lobster sector if not fully restored before the season begins in a few weeks.

“Those fishermen have an urgent need to be able to access their livelihood once the storm passes,” said Dominic LeBlanc, Canada’s Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, on Saturday.”So this is exactly the type of work that will accompany provincial officials in the coming weeks and months,” says the author.