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US and Canada power-cuts continue

Update : 26 Dec 2013, 03:46 AM

A severe ice storm that occurred last week, has left more than 500,000 households without electricity in the north-eastern US and the south-eastern Canada, reports BBC.

While utility crews have been attempting to resolve the issue, they claim that restoring power to the homes could take until Saturday, at least.

Christmas saw 72,000 people enduring a lack of electricity in Toronto, according to Canadian officials.

Of the 27 deaths in the region attributed to the storm, many cases were the result of monoxide poisoning, as gas generators, charcoal stoves and other appliances are being used to heat homes.

“I understand they want to keep warm, but you cannot do this. This is deadly,” Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said earlier this week.

Further fatalities have occurred due to traffic accidents. Outside of Toronto, thousands more remain without power in New Brunswick and Quebec, with hundreds more suffering in Nova Scotia.

States from Maine to Michigan have been affected by the storm in the US. Travel in the affected areas has also been disrupted.

As temperatures remain below freezing, Environment Canada meteorologist David Phillips suggests that the ice will not clear itself naturally.

“There is no natural melting going on,” he said. Thus, the ice will have to be cleared manually, with the help of human ingenuity.  

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