Santo Domingo and Santiago ‘vulnerable to disasters’
Santo Domingo.- The capital city’s Colonial Zone is one of the sectors in the National District with a “very high” physical risk rating in the event of earthquakes and hurricanes, according to the “Natural Threats and Risks in the Dominican Republic” report by the National Land Use Management and Development Department (DGODT).
According to the report, this area would register the highest rate of loss in terms of deaths and injuries, as well as infrastructural damage. It is followed by Centro de los Heroes, an area with a combination of public and residential buildings.
In all, 24 neighborhoods are rated as “medium-high” risk areas, 19 have a “medium-low” rating and 15 are categorized as “low level”. The neighborhoods of San Diego, Domingo Savio and La Zurza are also in the “very high” risk category, which is linked mainly to problems of overcrowding, marginality and lack of public spaces.
Neighborhoods with a “high” risk category include Cristo Rey, Mejoramiento Social, Simón Bolívar, Villas Agrícolas, Palma Real, Ensanche Capotillo, La Isabela and Gualey. They are affected by problems linked to overcrowding, violence and a lack of public spaces.
The report establishes that the indicators that increase the risks for most neighborhoods are overcrowding and the lack of parking areas or public spaces that could be used for response in the event of an emergency.
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