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Floods update

According to the Emergency Operations Center (COE) bulletin dated 21 November 2016, the number of communities cut off by the floods has risen to 106 with at least 8,055 people still displaced from their homes and 568 in official shelters. Twenty-three bridges have been affected and 100 homes destroyed, 1,611 homes are flooded and 125 partially destroyed.

Flood alerts are still in place for several provinces, with eight on yellow alert: Monte Cristi, Puerto Plata, Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís), El Seibo, Hato Mayor, La Altagracia (Higuey), Maria Trinidad Sánchez (Nagua) and Espaillat (Moca) and on green alert are Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí), Azua, Peravia (Baní), La Romana, Santiago, San Pedro de Macoris and Samaná.

According to the National Meteorological Office (Onamet) a frontal system over the Mona Channel and one over the west of Haiti mean more rain could fall in the provinces of Dajabón, Valverde (Mao), Montecristi, Puerto Plata, Santiago, La Vega, Monseñor Nouel (Bonao), Espaillat (Moca), Maria Trinidad Sánchez (Nagua), Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís), Samaná, Hato Mayor, El Seibo, La Altagracia (Higuey), La Romana, San Pedro de Macorís, San Cristóbal, Peravia (Baní), Independencia, Pedernales and Barahona.

The summary of flood damage states that in the province of Santiago, the community of Palo Quemado on the tourist route has suffered with nine homes destroyed by a mudslide and 15 almost collapsed. In Villa González 16 homes have been destroyed, five partially destroyed, and 546 affected by the overflowing of the Arenquillo River.

In Puerto Plata province 4,540 homes have been affected.

In María Trinidad Sánchez, 66 communities have been cut off due to the overflowing of the Boba River and in Duarte province due to the rising waters of the Yuna River several communities are also cut off.

In Valverde province the Amina River has risen above the level of the bridge and farmland is flooded.

In the eastern province of El Seibo the communities of El Cuey and Rancho Grande are cut off. In La Altagracia province several houses have been destroyed and affected by the overflowing of the Duey, Kicimani, Maimón, Yabón and Anamuya rivers.

The floods have now reached the southeast of the country with several neighborhoods under water in the province of San Pedro de Macorís.

A mudslide in the municipality of El Valle has cut off the community of Arenita and overflowing rivers have cut off several communities between San Pedro de Macoris and Hato Mayor.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Nov 23, 2016

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