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Matthew causes havoc in DR

Tropical storm winds and rains were felt in the Dominican Republic when Hurricane Matthew crossed Haiti to the west of the shared Hispaniola island. The Emergency Operations Center (COE) and media reports are that at least 20 farming communities have been cut off by in the wake of Hurricane Matthew in the provinces of Hato Mayor and El Seibo following the destruction of a bridge caused by overflowing rivers. The communities affected in the eastern provinces include El Rancho, Vicentillo, Bejucal, Las Culebras and Yabon. The town of Hato Mayor is cut off from communities like Mata Palacio, Yerba Buena and Las Claras. The Higuamo River split in two and destroyed the approaches to the road that leads to Hato Mayor.

Just after noon on Wednesday, 5 October 2016, Diario Libre reported that the Ministry of Public Works had still not been re-established the road connections.

In the municipal district of San Francisco-Vicentillo, floodwaters destroyed the bridge that connects seven communities.

In the southwest, residents of Vicente Noble were affected by flooding of several streams that cross the city. The rains forced residents to get their belongings out of their houses to take them to higher ground after floodwaters surrounded many of their homes. One resident, Martina Gomez, told reporters: “We did not sleep last night, we stayed up all night holding on to whatever we could.” Several hours after residents complained of the lack of support from the authorities, heavy equipment was cleaning up the streets of the small town as well as parts of the paving of the highway that was washed away by the floodwaters.

In Santo Domingo North the “Puente del Centro” in the neighborhood of Los Guaricanos collapsed at noon on Wednesday as a result of the rain that caused flooding in the area. The bridge, which connects El Torito with Los Guaricanos collapsed as vehicles were crossing, and a motorcycle and a car were affected. The motorcycle rider was taken to the hospital but the driver of the car, which was perched over the edge of the collapsed bridge, was able to walk away.

As reported in the press, the driver, Manuel Antonio Peña did not suffer any injuries.

COE reports 39,000 displaced people

The Emergency Operations Center (COE) reported on Wednesday afternoon, 5 October 2016 that 39,061 people were staying with relatives after leaving their homes as a result of the rains that accompanied Hurricane Matthew.

Speaking to reporters, the COE director, General Juan Manuel Mendez Gonzalez, said that the number of houses affected had increased to 3,174, with 16 damaged, 25 destroyed and 40 communities cut off, and 1,252 people staying in government shelters. According to the COE director, the worst damage was reported in Vicente Noble where the flooding of the Boringa River caused a landslide that affected the local hospital and several residential areas.

The chairman of the National Emergency Commission, Major General Rafael de Luna Pichirilo, reported that the largest numbers of displaced people have been reported in Santo Domingo, Monte Plata, El Seibo and Azua.

In the National District Civil Defense evacuated six families from La Barquita amid fears that the Ozama River could begin to rise.

At least 264 people died due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew in southern Haiti, according to the provisional balance of the Directorate of Civil Protection of Haiti.

Source: DR1, Elnacional, Listindiario

Oct 6, 2016

Category: DR News |

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