'Inadequate' homes put lives in danger on Manitoba First Nations, leaders say
When a tornado or severe wind event strikes, many Canadians head for the basement. But what if you don't have a basement to head to and neither do your neighbours? It's a reality and a growing concern among First Nation leaders as repairs continue in two Manitoba First Nations hit by tornadoes.
Last week, one home was destroyed and six others damaged after a tornado struck Waywayseecappo First Nation, Man., northwest of Brandon. Two dozen people were left homeless.
In July, 57 homes were severely damaged on Long Plain First Nation, near Portage la Prairie, while up to 150 sustained some sort of damage after a tornado ripped through that community. Hundreds of people were forced from their homes as a result. Some could be out for up to six months.