Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lac-Megantic Residents Still Suffering after Deadly Rail Tragedy in 2013

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lac-Megantic Residents Still Suffering after Deadly Rail Tragedy in 2013

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Lac-Megantic residents still suffering: report

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LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. - A new report says Lac-Megantic residents were still suffering nearly 30 months after a train derailment killed 47 people in July 2013.

The survey, which was conducted last fall, suggests anxiety problems were twice as frequent in the Quebec town as they were in the rest of the geographical region in which it is located.

As well, psychological distress affected about one person out of three in Lac-Megantic, compared with one out of five elsewhere.

The study also indicates that 67 per cent of Lac-Megantic residents showed signs of moderate or severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that was virtually non-existent in the rest of the region.

The telephone survey of 1,600 people included a sample of 261 Lac-Megantic residents. …

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