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Homes plunged into darkness as heavy rain hit Canada

Four people are missing after intense thunderstorms with heavy amounts of rain hit Canada’s Atlantic-coast province of Nova Scotia over the past two days.

Royal Canadian Police spokeswoman, Cindy Bayers said the floods submerged multiple vehicles and two of such incidents in West Hants north of Halifax have left two adults and two children unaccounted for as of Saturday morning.

Bayers said two children went missing after their vehicle got stuck underwater, noting that the three other occupants were able to escape safely.

Two other individuals, who Bayers described as a youth and a man, remain unaccounted for following a separate vehicle submersion.

Torrential downpours started on Friday afternoon across the Halifax region, dumping more than 200 millimeters of rain in some areas.

Based on radar estimates and unofficial observations, Environment Canada said on Saturday that some areas may have received more than 300 mm in 24 hours.

Radar maps shows the heaviest rainfall extending along the province’s southwestern shore to a point north of Halifax.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare