Medina visits Puerto Plata to assess damage
President Danilo Medina flew to Puerto Plata on Wednesday 9 November 2016 to take a firsthand look at the damage caused by the relentless rainfall that caused extensive flooding over the past week.
In his tour of several low-lying areas of the city, the President ordered the Minister of Public Works Gonzalo Castillo, and the Administrative Minister of the Presidency José Ramon Peralta to do everything possible to help the families who lost everything in the floods. He visited the areas of Nuevo Renacer, Playa Oeste, Nuevo Haití and Los Coquitos. He pledged government funds to build a flood prevention barrier and ordered mattresses and household items to be donated to the affected families.
Before landing in Puerto Plata the president flew over areas like Sabaneta de Yasica, Cabarete and Sosua and saw the damage that had been inflicted on basic infrastructure such as roads and bridges as well as housing.
However, as the rainfall resumed, the President has to call off his planned visits to the towns of Imbert and Guananico.
Although the damage has not been added up, most newspaper reports are talking of millions and millions in losses, as well as the cancellation of several cruise ships visits into the port of Amber Cove in Maimón, a 15-minute drive from Puerto Plata city.
The torrential and incessant rains have caused most damage in the north, northeast and northwest of the country.
The government sent a 130-vehicle convoy and construction equipment to Puerto Plata for quick repairs. Mobile kitchen units have also been dispatched to the affected areas.
Minister of Public Works Castillo said that the other affected areas included El Limón in Samaná, Cabrera in María Trinidad Sánchez, Moca in Espaillat and La Vega as well as parts of Santiago and Montecristi provinces.
According to the COE, around 26,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, and more than 5,000 houses have been affected.
Source: DR1, Elcaribe
Nov 11, 2016
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