Kashechewan hopes to move 2,000 people into tents to avoid flooding and COVID-19 – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202044 Views

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Mar 27, 2020

It’s an emergency that is scheduled.

Every spring, the 2,000 people of Kashechewan are flown out of the remote First Nation on Ontario’s James Bay Coast to avoid potential flooding from the Albany River.

But this year, they are stuck between an emergency and a crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic has Kashechewan nervous about flying people to stay in hotel rooms in cities like Timmins where the virus is spreading.

“Some people are getting really scared,” says Kashechewan Chief Leo Friday.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/kashechewan-flooding-evacuation-covid-19-1.5510515

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