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Millions in losses as flooded puts crops under water

Santiago.- More than 2,500 hectares of crops have been damaged leading to millions in losses by flooding from the Yaque del Norte river in northwestern Valverde province, where the downpours forced the evacuation of around 400 families from to Esperanza to Guayubín.

The figures will likely climb in the next few hours as some rivers crest their banks in that area, adding to the water from Tavera dam, whose floodgates were opened since early Tuesday, according to Civil Defense deputy regional director Francisco Arias,.

Agriculture Ministry Valverde province regional director Rafael Estévez said the farmlands most affected by the Yaque’s flooding are near the towns Hatillo Palma, Ranchadero, Lagrimosa, El Charco, Piloto, Cana Chapetón, Boca de Mao, Maizal, La Caída, Pueblo Nuevo and Laguna Salada     .

He said Agriculture and other government agencies will assist the farmers affected by the floods, once the results of the damages are made available.

Source: DT

Nov 16, 2016

Category: DR News |

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