Rains flood Santiago hospitals
Santiago de los Caballeros.- Heavy rains affecting the country’s second-largest city overnight left one elderly woman dead, two public hospitals flooded and 600 people displaced from their homes.
In El Hoyo de Caimito, in Santiago, 150 homes were flooded, while in El Hoyo de Baitoa, in Gurabo, two houses were completely destroyed by a landslide.
The Director of the Emergency Operations Center (COE), General Juan Manuel Méndez, reported that the neighborhoods of Colegio México, El Hoyo de Julia, Entrada del Elegido, Bartolomé Colón, Estrella Sadhalá, El Ensueño, J. Armando Bermúdez, Cienfuegos, Ingenio Abajo, Avenida Hispanoamericana, La Gloria and the community of La Muñeca were flooded due to the deficiencies in the drainage systems.
The rainwater flooded the ground floors of the Arturo Grullón and the José María Cabral y Báez hospitals Tuesday evening, affecting the patients as well as the medical staff on duty. According to reports, the water in the Cabral y Báez Hospital was knee-deep, and the authorities had to take urgent measures.
An eighty-year old woman drowned on Tuesday after being swept away while trying to cross a gully that had burst its banks. She was identified as Rafaela Peralta Rodríguez, who had been reported missing by her family.
The tragedy occurred in the community of Corozo in San José de las Matas, in the province of Santiago, where the victim lived.
May 26, 2016
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