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Rains causing chaos in north and northwest

A Haitian man has drowned in Santiago Rodriguez and more than 100 homes have been damaged in the Loma de Cabrera area in the northwestern province of Dajabon, due to floods caused by the heavy rains affecting the Cibao region since Saturday 1 November 2014.

The Santiago Rodriguez prosecutor, Rafael Bueno Rodriguez, said that Nelton Pierre drowned in the Arroyo Blanco Abajo River. He said that Pierre was drunk and had jumped into the river, even though other people warned him not to.

In addition, the Masacre River broke its banks and left more than 100 families underwater in Loma de Cabrera. Members of the Civil Defense in the area said that at least 78 homes have been damaged, as well as personal belongings.

The areas worst affected by the flooding of the Masacre River are the communities of La Gallera, La Auyama, Quisqueya and Los Gomez, and losses include drowned livestock.

Authorities said that it has been raining in the area since Saturday, but that on Sunday, 2 November 2014 the heavy rainfall lasted for more than four hours and caused the river to overflow.

It has also been raining in the province of Santiago, especially in the areas of Baitoa, Sabana Iglesia, Janico and San Jose de las Matas, source of the main rivers that feed the Tavera-Bao and Lopez-Angostura dams. Water levels at the Tavera-Bao dam actually rose by a meter, according to reports.

The Bao and Janiquito rivers in Janico, Santiago province also broke their banks and some houses were flooded, but no major damage has been reported.

Several areas in Santiago city center, including Juan Pablo Duarte and 27 de Febrero avenues, the southern ring road, and Estrella Sadhala Avenue, were also affected by flooding, leading to long traffic jams.

In Luperon, a farmer, Armando Villaman was injured when he fell into a drainage ditch near his home, and dozens of homes have been flooded in Luperon municipality and the center of Puerto Plata city. The worst affected sectors in Puerto Plata are El Javillar, Ensanche Duboc, Las Mercedes, Barrio Haiti, Playa Oeste, Padre Granero and Bello Costero.

Large areas of plantain crops have been ruined by the strong winds that accompanied the rainfall, as well as cassava (yuca), sweet potatoes and taro (yautia) plantations.

The provincial governor of Puerto Plata, Ivan Rivera has asked President Danilo Medina to help the families displaced by the floods, which now total more than 300.

The mayor of Luperon, Danilo Morrobel said that the rains have also affected dozens of families and damaged crops. Ministry of Agriculture specialists are on their way to assess the damage in the area.

Nine provinces are now under green alert due to the rains associated with a frontal system in the north of the country that is moving slowly to the east-southeast. The Emergency Operations Center (COE) says that the provinces under alert for floods and landslides are Dajabon, Santiago Rodriguez, Valverde (Mao), Montecristi, Puerto Plata, La Vega, Espaillat (Moca), Maria Trinidad Sanchez (Nagua) and San Pedro de Macoris (especially the Los Llanos area).

The COE is also keeping a green alert in place for the whole Atlantic coast from Cabo Engano in the east to Manzanillo in the northwest, including the Bay of Samana, due to high waves. Operators of small and medium-sized boats are being advised to stay in port.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Category: DR News |

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