Above: Cows that were trapped in a flooded barn are rescued after heavy rains hit the western Canadian province of British Columbia, triggering landslides and flooding, closing highways, in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada on November 16, 2021.
One person died in a mudslide and two others were reported missing after a brutal storm swept parts of Canada and Washington state in the United States on Sunday.
Towns and villages were evacuated on Tuesday and Canadian agriculture in the area received major success, leaving thousands of farm animals dead.
A number of animals are still trapped in the Canadian province of British Columbia, while floods and landslides across the region have completely transformed the landscape.
Monthly rain fell in the area in just 24 hours, a result officials say was caused by the climate crisis.
Motorboats and jet skis have been used to try and rescue animals, but the floodwaters continue to rise.
A state of emergency has been declared in British Columbia and Canadian Armed Forces have been deployed to help rescue residents who have been trapped since Sunday.
Four hundred people are trapped in the town of Tulameen, according to Reuters, and thousands more are without power on both sides of the Canada-US border.
Farmers ’associations claimed an evacuation order went to 121 dairy and poultry farms earlier this week.
Henry Baum, the mayor of Abbotsford Agricultural Shelter, who was particularly affected, said: “I know it’s hard for farmers to leave their livestock, but people’s lives are more important to me now than cattle or chickens.”
He later said: “If we have another weather event like we just experienced, we’re in deep doo-doo.”
British Columbia Prime Minister John Horgan said: “There is no person who has not been affected or will not be affected by the events of this past weekend.
“These events are increasing in frequency due to human-caused climate change.”
He said British Columbia must “bring the seven billion other souls that live on this planet to understand that we must act now … to protect ourselves from these types of events that will occur in the future.”
Lana Popham, Canada’s agriculture minister, also said: “There are probably hundreds of farms that have been affected by the floods. Some are still underwater, some are on dry land and we have thousands of animals perished. We have many, many more who are in difficult situations. “
Describing the floods as an animal welfare crisis, she predicted that even the animals that were rescued were not necessarily in the clear.
Some would be euthanized, while others would be in dire need of food the next day or more.
The floods have also blocked the roads, meaning farmers cannot deliver their milk to the market and instead have to dump huge quantities.
Just six months ago, British Columbia was hit by rising temperatures that caused 500 deaths and caused fires that ravaged an entire city.
This extreme weather came just days after world leaders met in Glasgow to discuss reducing CO2 emissions to tackle the climate crisis.
Here are just a few pictures summarizing the hardships faced by people both in British Columbia and in Washington state, in the United States.
Cows that were trapped in a flooded barn are rescued by people in boats and a sea doo after heavy rains hit the western Canadian province of British Columbia, Canada on November 16, 2021.
A vehicle holding land in a fire surrounded by floodwaters in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, November 17, 2021.
The damaged Coquihalla Highway 5 after landslides near Coldwater River Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada, November 16, 2021.
RV trailers burn in warehouse after heavy rains caused extensive flooding and landslides in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, on November 17, 2021.
Flooding in the Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford British Columbia, Canada, November 17, 2021.
South Parallel Road is submerged in flood water after heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada on November 16, 2021.
A classic car is surrounded by flood water after heavy rains that hit both British Columbia and Washington state caused flooding on both sides of the border, in Sumas, Washington, USA on November 17, 2021.
Nate Blackwood, 11, of Cedar-Woolley, Washington, walks through his flooded forecourt near the Skagit River, November 17, 2021.
A car is seen partially submerged when floodwaters from the Skagit River flood countryside outside Burlington, Washington, on November 17, 2021.