The Queen has sent her good wishes to the people of British Columbia after the province has been hit by floods and landslides that have killed at least four people and left thousands evacuated from their homes.
Governor-General Mary May Simon shared Her Majesty's official statement on Twitter this week.
Governor General Mary Simon wishes to share a message from Her Majesty The Queen regarding the floods in British Columbia. pic.twitter.com/g6WSQ18UtZ
— Governor General of Canada (@GGCanada) November 22, 2021
"My thoughts are with the people of British Columbia as you continue to confront the recent catastrophic flooding and gradually begin the process of recovery and rebuilding," the monarch said.
"I am grateful for the tireless work of the many first responders and volunteers who continue to provide comfort and support to their fellow Canadians during this difficult time."
In the space of 48 hours, some parts of British Columbia were pounded with more rain than normally falls over a month. The disaster was caused by atmospheric rivers, which are concentrations of water vapour that lead to high amounts of rainfall in a brief period of time.
The situation is still very much in flux in the province. The floods and landslides left many crucial pieces of infrastructure throughout British Columbia's Interior flooded or closed due to the danger of flooding, meaning some communities, farms and animals remain isolated.
There are more atmospheric rivers forecast to hit the province over the next few days, with some parts of the province predicted to get 100 millimetres of rain.
It's very kind of the Queen, who has visited British Columbia 12 times throughout all her time on the throne, to think of communities there during this difficult time.
If you're looking to contribute to charities doing work in the area to help those affected, there are several options:
The Canadian Red Cross has set up an extreme weather appeal that will help those who have been evacuated or dealt with home loss or are affected by the event.
The United Way of British Columbia also has a BC Flood Response Fund.
GoFundMe also has many more options to help British Columbians affected by this disaster, many of which are geared towards rebuilding specific towns and communities or help individuals who have been hard hit.