Tornado damages the town of Barrie in Ontario. Know everything here

WION Web Team
New Delhi Updated: Jul 16, 2021, 01:32 PM(IST)

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A total of four people were hospitalized with serious injuries and about 25 buildings damaged in Barrie, Ontario, on Thursday, July 15

A total of four people were hospitalized with serious injuries and about 25 buildings damaged in Barrie, Ontario, on Thursday, July 15. 

Aside from these four people,  at least four others were treated for less serious injuries, said Andrew Robert, who is the chief of Simcoe Paramedic Services, at a news conference Thursday night.

Paramedics have also set up a triage area at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Catholic School on Prince William Way, in the southeast neighbourhood of the city that was most severely affected by the tornado. 

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Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman was quoted by CBC as saying, "I can't tell you how incredible it is that nobody has been killed". 
He further added, "This is an incredibly difficult day. We will respond and rebuild, most of all we want to make sure everyone is safe". 

He further highlighted how he was so heartened to see "incredible offers" from people showing up with water, food, and other supplies for their neighbours.

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Few hours after the tornado touched down, Barrie residents took to social media, posting photos and videos of destruction caused by the storm. Barrie police spokesperson Peter Leon was quoted by CBC saying, "The damage is catastrophic. It is significant. It is major".

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