– Four people have died due to cold on the Canada-US border
When the blizzard was about -35 the undocumented Indian citizens were left alone in the middle.
The bodies of four people, including a child, were found Wednesday on a road used by immigrants a few meters from the Canada-US border, Canadian police said on Wednesday. “Our initial findings suggest that they all died of hypothermia,” the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP, Federal Police) said in a statement.
The bodies of three victims, two adults and a child were found Wednesday, about 10 kilometers east of Emerson (Manitoba, the center), “about 12 meters from the Canada-US border.” Police said the “body of the man who appeared to be a teenager” was later found.
Some time ago, in the morning, US border agents arrested a group of people crossing the border. Someone in the group is carrying baby items but there are no children in the group. “He said he was carrying a bag for a family of four Indians who had previously walked with the group, but broke up overnight,” the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.
Search hunts on both sides of the border were immediately launched. After four hours of excavation in the most difficult conditions, the first bodies were found. “Inanimate bodies have been tentatively identified as the bodies of a family of four separated from the group,” the report continued.
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the arrest of a 47-year-old American man during a traffic stop. The Florida man drove the van with two undocumented Indian nationals near where the immigration team arrested him and was charged with human trafficking.
At a news conference, Manitoba Assistant Commissioner Jane McClachi said, “Considering the wind, when it was -35 in the middle of the blizzard, the dead may have been left alone.” Victims were seen facing large fields covered with heavy snow at midnight, which was “insurmountable” on foot, he said. Snowmobiles and all other terrain vehicles had to be used to search the area.
In recent years, the small town of Emerson has become one of the routes used by immigrants between the two North American countries. Jane McClachi points out that there have been few attempts to cross the border in over a year due to the Govt epidemic.
Central and eastern Canada faces a polar cold, with temperatures as low as -30 C, worsening by wind.