Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard | Between 150 and 200 Canadian troops should be in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador by the end of Sunday to help it dig out from a mas

Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard

Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard

Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard

Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard

Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard

Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard
Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard
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Pile of snow is pictured outside houses in St John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada January 18, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken January 18, 2020. J. David Mitchell/via REUTERS
Pile of snow is pictured outside houses in St John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada January 18, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken January 18, 2020. J. David Mitchell/via REUTERS
A man is pictured in a snowy street in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada January 17, 2020. Zach Bonnell/via REUTERS
Pile of snow is pictured outside a house in St John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada January 18, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken January 18, 2020. J. David Mitchell/via REUTERS
A snowy street is pictured in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada January 17, 2020. Zach Bonnell/via REUTERS
Pile of snow outside a garage is pictured in St John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada January 18, 2020 in this picture grab obtained from a social media video. J. David Mitchell/via REUTERS
A resident digs a path from his house in St. John's, Newfoundland on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The state of emergency ordered by the City of St. John's is still in place, leaving businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)
Two all-terrain vehicles cruise through downtown St. John's Newfoundland on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The state of emergency ordered by the City of St. John's is still in place, leaving businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)
A residents makes their way through the snow in St. John's, Newfoundland on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The state of emergency ordered by the City of St. John's is still in place, leaving businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)
Snow blocks the entrance to an apartment in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, January 17, 2020, in this photo obtained from social media, @etrevorpowell/via REUTERS
A dog is seen in a blizzard in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada January 17, 2020 in this image obtained from social media. Max Liboiron/via REUTERS
Pile of snow is pictured outside a house in St John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada January 18, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken January 18, 2020. J. David Mitchell/via REUTERS
The streets were quiet St. Johnâ Newfoundland on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, as a major winter storm brought the city to a standstill. The city has declared a state of emergency, ordering businesses closed and vehicles off the roads as blizzard conditions descend on the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)
A resident digs out his walkway in St. John's Newfoundland on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The state of emergency ordered by the City of St. John's is still in place, leaving businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)
Pile of snow is pictured outside a house in St John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada January 18, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken January 18, 2020. J. David Mitchell/via REUTERS
A pedestrian walks through heavy snow in St. Johnâ Newfoundland on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The city has declared a state of emergency, ordering businesses closed and vehicles off the roads as blizzard conditions descend on the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. *Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)
A dog is seen in a blizzard in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada January 17, 2020 in this image obtained from social media. Max Liboiron/via REUTERS

David Ljunggren

Between 150 and 200 Canadian troops should be in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador by the end of Sunday to help it dig out from a massive blizzard, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said.

The armed forces will also provide two transport planes and at least two helicopters. The storm dumped up to 76.2 cm (30 inches) of snow on St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland, and packed wind gusts as high as 130 km per hour (81 mph).

Many major roads are totally impassable. Although a state of emergency remains in the town, authorities said on Sunday that gas stations and pharmacies would be allowed to reopen.

"Probably by the end of today you'll have about 150 to 200 personnel on the ground ready to provide support. This could surge up to anywhere between 250 to 300 by tomorrow and the coming days," Sajjan said on the sidelines of a cabinet retreat in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Snow blocks the entrance to an apartment in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, January 17, 2020, in this photo obtained from social media, @etrevorpowell/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
Snow blocks the entrance to an apartment in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, January 17, 2020, in this photo obtained from social media, @etrevorpowell/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

The troops would be a mix of reserves already in the province and soldiers arriving from elsewhere, he added.

Conditions could continue to be difficult, since Environment Canada is predicting an additional 10 cm of snow starting on Sunday night.

A resident digs out his walkway in St. John's Newfoundland on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The state of emergency ordered by the City of St. John's is still in place, leaving businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)
A resident digs out his walkway in St. John's Newfoundland on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The state of emergency ordered by the City of St. John's is still in place, leaving businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

"We really need to get the roads opened ... we need to make sure we get better access to the hospital," St. John's mayor Danny Breen told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Sunday. (Reporting by ; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

The streets were quiet St. Johnâ Newfoundland on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, as a major winter storm brought the city to a standstill. The city has declared a state of emergency, ordering businesses closed and vehicles off the roads as blizzard conditions descend on the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)
The streets were quiet St. Johnâ Newfoundland on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, as a major winter storm brought the city to a standstill. The city has declared a state of emergency, ordering businesses closed and vehicles off the roads as blizzard conditions descend on the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)
A residents makes their way through the snow in St. John's, Newfoundland on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The state of emergency ordered by the City of St. John's is still in place, leaving businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)
A residents makes their way through the snow in St. John's, Newfoundland on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The state of emergency ordered by the City of St. John's is still in place, leaving businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

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