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Catastrophe lurks over Dominican Republic’s capital

Santo Domingo.- The inhabitants of the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo are vulnerable to a catastrophic earthquake, from unplanned growth, overpopulation in dangerous areas, buildings that don’t comply with technical standards and lack of budget to reduce risk.

The geologist Marco Antonio Giraldo said Santo Domingo’s accelerated development in recent decades has increased the vulnerability of its population, its means of production and services whether from quakes, tsunamis and cyclones.

He cautioned that the current model on land use require urgent policies to protect the people, their lives and their livelihoods from potential disasters.

The expert spoke to start a course for communicators on disaster risk and climate change sponsored by the UN Development Program (UNDP) together with the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), as part of the project “Actions to save lives.”

He said Santo Domingo had 239,464 inhabitants in 1950, and 2,908,607, now, or 10 times more in 50 years.

Giraldo said many people aren’t aware of the risks they’re exposed to in greater Santo Domingo, or the number of earthquake-resistant buildings and the projects which have been done without planning or vision.

“It’s essential to ensure good governance in risk management that promotes the development of the city incorporating measures to mitigate risks, avoid creating new risks and strengthen capacities to cope with disasters and recovery mechanisms.”

Source: DT

May 21, 2016

Category: DR News |

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