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Canadian military sent to help 14,000 in frozen New Brunswick

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Staff Writer | February 1, 2017
Around 14,000 people are still without power in the Canadia province of New Brunswick a week after a devastating ice storm, the provincial government said.
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Winter   Door-to-door to check on residents
The Canadian military is sending another 30 personnel to join 200 already helping clear debris, while hundreds of volunteers are going door-to-door to check on residents.

Two people have died and another 34 needed hospital treatment for illnesses related to carbon monoxide poisoning, prompting government warnings about the danger of running generators and cooking on an open flame inside houses.

"Using a propane or kerosene heater indoors to keep pipes from freezing during an extended power outage is dangerous as these products create carbon monoxide. It is not worth risking your health or your life," provincial fire marshal Douglas Browne said in a statement.

New Brunswickers are also being cautioned about the risk of hypothermia and frostbite as temperatures hover around minus 8 Celsius (18 Fahrenheit) in the worst-hit area of the Acadian Peninsula in the northeast of the province.

The government has opened warming centres to help residents shelter from the cold.

Premier Brian Gallant said the province will initiate a Disaster Financial Assistance programme and provide C$100,000 ($77,000) to help local food banks.