Hurricane Fiona: the Tragedy and Destruction

Hurricane Fiona did more damage than one would think, especially in Canada. Fiona went on from the 14th of September to the 15th of September. Its trajectory was Guadalope, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, Bermuda then Canada. 

Hurricane Fiona touched the Atlantic region (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island), Newfoundland and Labrador, and the East of Quebec (in Magdalen Islands). It was registered as the most powerful storm to hit Canada in a long time. 

In Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, more than 500 000 people are still left without electricity because the power grid was damaged by the hurricane. This quantity of citizens corresponds to 95% of the population in PEI. Until now, one death and one missing person case were reported. Twenty houses were washed away in the sea. In Magdalen Islands, the vote by anticipation for the provincial election was canceled because of the damages. The estimated cost of reparations is  around 700 millions dollars. However, most of the damages won’t be reimbursed by insurance companies since they do not cover flood damages.

Canada was not the only country hit by Fiona. Many other countries have been impacted by this hurricane as well, notably Puerto Rico. Since 928 000 houses are currently without any electricity, more than 27% of the population still do not have access to potable water, and 59 people had to be rescued from the flood, an emergency situation was approved by President Joe Biden. In the Dominican Republic, at least 1300 people spent the night in shelters and more than 2460 homes were destroyed. Similarly, Hurricane Ian caused a lot of damage in the South of the United States. 

It is not only in the Western hemisphere that hurricanes cause damage. In the Eastern hemisphere, a recent typhoon named Hinnamnor, at category 5, caused a minimum of 1.2 billion dollars worth of damage, 10 deaths in South Korea and in Taiwan, more than 600 people were evacuated from their homes. 

Hurricane Fiona, hurricane Ian, and typhoon Hinnamnor caused a lot more damage than initially thought and it will take many years to repair all of it. 


By Alicia Harvey

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