Death toll rises to four after British Columbia mudslide

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The British Columbia Coroners Service has confirmed the discovery of three more bodies near the village of Pemberton, raising the number of people who died in a landslide caused by heavy rainfall that swept vehicles off the road , was increased to four.

The search for a fifth body continues, chief medical examiner Lisa Lapointe said in a statement on Saturday.

The mudslide happened on Monday when a wave of rock and debris covered a section of the highway between Lillooet and Pemberton.

A woman’s body was recovered on Monday.

Lapointe said another body was recovered on Wednesday and two more bodies were found on Thursday.

“Efforts to locate a fifth person reported missing continued on Friday, but unfortunately those attempts were unsuccessful,” she said.

The British Columbia government announced Friday that it was capping the amount of fuel people can buy at gas stations in some parts of the province and restricting non-essential travel as highways reopen after the storms.

Provincial Public Safety Secretary Mike Farnworth said unnecessary vehicles will be limited to about eight gallons per trip to the gas station. The order is expected to last until December 1st.

Environment Canada reported that 24 parishes in BC received nearly four inches of rain Saturday through Monday.

The precautionary closure of the Trans Mountain Pipeline during the flood has raised concerns about fuel shortages in the province’s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

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