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Hurricane Irene rains leave 3 dead

Santo Domingo.- Three people dead and an unconfirmed number of missing, 37,000 displaced to safer areas as well as 88 communities cut off and 2,292 houses affected, has been the toll left so far by the rains that have fallen across the country following the passage of Hurricane Irene, according to the Emergency Operations Center (COE).

Salvador Nova Carvajal, 40, was killed when a gully overflowed and destroyed his house in the Tajón sector of Cambita Garabito in the province of San Cristóbal, where a pregnant woman, Miguelina Esmeralda Pacheco, was also swept away to her death when she tried to cross a gully.

The third casualty was Jean Robert, 42, who fell into the Chavón River while trying to cross, at Sabana de Rodeo in the El Cuey sector in the province of El Seibo.

The COE reports that the number of displaced people in San Cristóbal is 21,650.

The emergency entity is keeping 24 provinces on red alert and 8 on yellow alert, following the weather forecast that predicts continuing rains for Thursday. Although Hurricane Irene has moved north of the Bahamas, the effects are still being felt. Irene is reported to have become a category 3 hurricane.

COE director General Juan Manuel Méndez said that although they don’t have any more reports of deaths, the official toll could be higher subject to confirmation from the rescue organizations.

He said that 88 communities were cut off in El Seibo, Monte Plata, San Pedro de Macorís, Duarte, Azua, Santo Domingo East and San Cristóbal.

Provinces under red alert are La Altagracia, La Romana, San Pedro de Macorís, Santo Domingo, National District, San Cristóbal, Peravia, San José de Ocoa, Azua, El Seíbo, Hato Mayor, Valverde, Barahona, San Juan de la Maguana, Independencia, Bahoruco, Montecristi, Puerto Plata, Espaillat, María Trinidad Sánchez, Samaná, Duarte, Monte Plata and Sánchez Ramírez.

Yellow alerts are in place for the provinces of Monseñor Noel, La Vega, Santiago, Elías Piña, Dajabón, Pedernales, Hermanas Mirabal and Santiago Rodríguez.

Source: Dominican Today

Category: DR News |

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