A self-employed Zimbabwean, Mthokozisi Ndlovu, living in Canada’s Fort McMurray city in Alberta province, devastated by raging wild fires, says he is among thousands of people that have been displaced by the inferno, regarded as the worst in living memory.
Ndlovu and three other family members are now living in Edmonton city, about 450 kilometers away from his home. They are now getting state assistance in catering for their daily needs. At the moment, Ndlovu is currently unemployed and hopes that one day he will return to Fort McMurray, which has been declared a no-go area by the government.
Indications are that up to 1,000 Zimbabweans have been affected by the fire that started almost two weeks ago. Ndlovu had initially put the number of affected Zimbabweans at between 150 and 200.
According to the International Organisation for Migration, the Zimbabwean community in Canada is estimated at 50,000 concentrated in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton and Ontario. Voa