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Residents hit by Canada wildfire offered app to view damaged homes

Published 16/05/2016

Property damaged by wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta (Rachel La Corte/The Canadian Press via AP)
Property damaged by wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta (Rachel La Corte/The Canadian Press via AP)

Authorities in Alberta, Canada, have launched an app offering residents of wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray a view of their damaged homes.

Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee warned that viewing the satellite images may be traumatic and provided contact details for Alberta's Mental Health Help Line.

Ms Larivee said the maps are intended to provide satellite overviews of the city following a massive wildfire that ignited almost two weeks ago, forcing more than 80,000 residents to evacuate and destroying more than 2,400 structures in Fort McMurray.

Firefighters managed to save 85 to 90% of the oil sands capital.

Ms Larivee said that, having lived through a devastating fire and evacuation herself five years ago, she knows how stressful it can be to wait for updates on which homes have been lost.

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