Arviat declares a state of emergency in response to an extended power outage.

 Numerous homes in the Nunavut hamlet have been without power since a blizzard swept through on Tuesday.

On Friday, the hamlet of Arviat declared a state of emergency due to prolonged power outages in the Nunavut community, leaving many residents without heat.

The power outages in Arviat commenced on Tuesday when a substantial blizzard swept through Nunavut's western Kivalliq Region. Samantha Mauti, a meteorologist from Environment Canada, informed that the winds during the blizzard reached a record 119 km/h in Arviat, marking a November record for the community.

As of Saturday morning, 53 homes in the 2,800-person community still lack power, as reported by local housing corporation employee Daniel Alagalak.

Arviat Mayor Joe Savikataaq Jr. informed that some residents are resorting to using Coleman stoves for heating, and the extreme cold has led to burst water pipes in several homes.

Qulliq Energy Corporation, the agency responsible for supplying electricity to the region, said on Friday that cancelled flights had led to challenges in deploying repair crews to the community.

In a later update at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday, the power company announced that repair crews have successfully arrived in Arviat and are actively engaged in restoring power.