Aftermath: Floods on the North Coast
The Emergency Operations Center (COE) reports that a frontal system has become stationary, mainly affecting the north of the island. Making matters worse, the front has teamed up with a trough bringing more heavy rains to already saturated areas. The bad news is that rains are expected to continue through Tuesday, 22 November 2016.
The deaths of two children were announced over the weekend. On Sunday, 20 November, Civil Defense brigades recovered the body of Angel David Rijo, a 12-year old boy who was swept away by the rising waters of the Río Soco in San Pedro de Macorís while swimming in the river. In La Vega, the Civil Defense recovered the body of an eight-year-old boy, Biannel Rafael, who lived in Las Yerbas, and who drowned in the rising waters of the Bacui River in Juan Rodríguez. The Civil Defense is calling on parents to ensure that their children do not attempt to go near the strong river currents.*
In its 20 November 2016 bulletin, the COE reported that three provinces are on red alert, 10 provinces are on yellow alert and 11 are on green alert due to the new front. The COE has lifted the alerts for Greater Santo Domingo, Monte Plata, Elías Piña, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo), Dajabón, Santiago Rodríguez and Bahoruco provinces.
The 6pm 20 November 2016 bulletin reports that 8,348 homes have been flooded, 34 homes destroyed, 42,200 people have been forced to leave their homes to stay with friends and relatives, three roads are closed, 96 communities are cut off, 17 bridges have been affected and 1,434 people are in 19 shelters.
The Ministry of Education is reporting major damage to several schools.*
Damage reported over the weekend includes the Imbert Bridge, which forced the Ministry of Public Works to shut down the Navarrete-Puerto Plata road on Saturday, 19 November, and then from 5pm on Sunday, 20 November to 8am on Monday, 21 November as a preventive measure because traffic at this point could only be one lane and engineers are evaluating the safety of the road stretch.
Traffic to Puerto Plata was rerouted from the Navarrete-Puerto Plata road to more convenient roads — Cruce de Guayacanes, Mamey, Mamey-La Isabela, La Isabela-El Estrecho and El Estrecho Puerto Plata. While the Navarrete-Puerto Plata road is closed, the route that should be used is Guananico-El Mamey, Villa Isabela-El Ranchero, El Estrecho, Vuelta Larga-Imbert.
According to the COE’s 20 November 6pm bulletin, the areas under red alert are: Montecristi, Puerto Plata and Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís, especially Bajo Yuna River areas).
Yellow alert: San Juan de la Maguana, Samaná, El Seibo, Hato Mayor, La Altagracia (Higuey), San Cristóbal, Espaillat (Moca), María Trinidad Sánchez (Nagua), Santiago and Valverde (Mao).
Green alert: La Vega, Monseñor Nouel (Bonao), San José de Ocoa, Barahona, Pedernales, Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí), Peravia (Baní), Independencia, Azua, La Romana and San Pedro de Macorís.
Meanwhile, Centro Cuesta Nacional announced it is receiving donations for the victims of the flooding at the Supermercados Nacional stores on 27 de Febrero, Lope de Vega, Tiradentes, Arroyo Hondo, and Jumbo stores at Luperón, Agora, Megacentro and Carretera Mella in Santo Domingo. Also in Santiago at Villa Olga, Estrella Sadhalá Supermercados Nacional and Jumbo at Colinas, La Vega and Moca. And in the East, the Punta Cana Supermercados Nacional, and Jumbo stores in La Romana, San Pedro and Higuey.*
Source: DR1, Hoy
Nov 21, 2016
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