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Activities in DR suspended for Matthew

With forecasts of tropical storm force gusts and heavy rainfall with the passing of Hurricane Matthew to the west of Hispaniola, government and private entities in the Dominican Republic have announced they will not be operating.

The civil registry offices and several other government institutions will shut down on Tuesday, 4 October 2016. Courts will also be closed.

Over the weekend, the Ministry of Education instructed schools in red and yellow alert provinces to shut down through Wednesday, 5 October. Schools remain open in the provinces of La Altagracia (Higuey, including the Punta Cana tourist area), La Romana, San Pedro de Macorís and Samaná. The UASD state university suspended classes on Monday, while private universities announced they would remain shut down on Tuesday.

An estimated 14,500 people have left their homes, most staying with relatives or friends as reported by the Emergency Operations Center (COE), the coordinating body for relief and disaster mitigation work.*

Monday’s heavy rainfall has already flooded city streets and registers of 250 to 500 millimeters of rain are expected.

The provinces under red alert are Azua, San José de Ocoa, San Juan de la Maguana, Pedernales, Barahona, Independencia, Dajabón, Montecristi, Bahoruco, Elías Piña, San Cristóbal, Peravia (Baní), Santiago Rodríguez, Puerto Plata, Valverde (Mao), Santo Domingo, and the National District.

A yellow alert has been called for Monte Plata, Espaillat (Moca), Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís), María Trinidad Sánchez (Nagua), Santiago de los Caballeros, Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí), Monseñor Nouel (Bonao) and La Vega.

Green alert provinces are Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo), Samaná, El Seibo, Hato Mayor, La Romana, San Pedro de Macorís and La Altagracia (Higuey, including the Punta Cana tourist area).

Source: Elcaribe, DR1

Oct 4, 2016

Category: DR News |

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