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Alberta government to provide cash to evacuees for immediate needs

Cabinet has approved a payment of $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent


 
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks with media about the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta., on Wednesday May 4, 2016. The wildfire has already torched 1,600 structures in the evacuated oil hub of Fort McMurray and is poised to renew its attack in another day of scorching heat and strong winds.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks with media about the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta., on Wednesday May 4, 2016. The wildfire has already torched 1,600 structures in the evacuated oil hub of Fort McMurray and is poised to renew its attack in another day of scorching heat and strong winds.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — The Alberta government is providing cash to 80,000 evacuees from the Fort McMurray fire to help them with their immediate needs.

Premier Rachel Notley says cabinet has approved a payment of $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent at a cost to the province of $100 million.

She told a morning briefing in Edmonton that she wants people who were forced from their homes to know that the government “has their back.”

She also said efforts continue to move evacuees stranded at oilfield camps north of Fort McMurray by the fire that has grown to 1,000 square kilometres.

The plan is to airlift another 5,500 today and to move about 500 vehicles in a convoy through the devastated city and south from there.

About 7,000 people were flown out of the camps on Thursday.


Maclean’s is also answering every possible question you may have on the Fort Mac fire in our Fort McMurray FAQ file. Read all our stories here.

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