Floods get worse
The Emergency Operations’ Center (COE) has announced that 132 communities are now cut off and 22,055 people have had to leave their homes. They add that 55 people have had to leave their homes due to flooding, and another 4,152 homes have been partially affected.
The red alert is still in place for the provinces of Espaillat (Moca), María Trinidad Sánchez (Nagua), La Vega, Santiago, Montecristi, Puerto Plata, yellow for Santiago Rodríguez, Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís), Monseñor Nouel (Bonao) and Valverde (Mao), while Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí), Dajabón, Hato Mayor, San Pedro de Macorís, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo), Samaná and El Seibo are on green alert.
Defense Minister, Lieutenant General Ruben Darío Paulino Sem, has ordered military personnel to help with the rescue operations and to support the Ministry of Public Works and Communications, the Presidency Social Plan, Economic Cafeterias and other organizations.
In the northwest, evacuations are continuing following the opening of the Tavera dam, with around 400 families being evacuated from areas close to the Yaque River by Civil Defense. The evacuation area has now been expanded as the Yaque del Norte River water levels continue to rise. COE director Juan Manuel Mendez, Civil Defense director General Rafael De Luna Pichirilo and Indhiri director Olgo Fernandez visited Santiago, Montecristi, Valverde and Santiago Rodriguez, to meet the provincial governors to try and ensure the rising waters following the opening of the dam did not lead to loss of life.
By noon on Tuesday 15 November 2016, the Tavera dam had gradually discharged some 350 cubic meters of water, and the level of the dam was at 325.1 meters above sea level with a maximum of 327.
However, the rivers are continuing to rise in the northwest.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
Nov 16, 2016
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