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Rainstorms continue to affect the North Coast

A state of emergency has been declared for the northern provinces of Puerto Plata, La Vega, Espaillat (Moca) and María Trinidad Sánchez (Gaspar Hernández, Jamao). Samaná could also be declared in state of emergency on Monday, 14 November.*

The Presidency has issued Decree 340-16 authorizing emergency procurement by government institutions to bring rapid relief to areas that have suffered the effects of heavy rains falling over the weekend of 10-13 November 2016 in the north and central parts of the country on already drenched soils. Worse still, the weather service (Onamet) is forecasting more rains for this week. Another weather system is forecast to bring more heavy rains starting on Wednesday, 16 November.

The Ministry of Education has announced that schools in affected areas in these provinces will not be opening for classes.

The Ministry of Public Works announced that a brigade of 1,000 workers is helping repair the damage caused by rain saturation. In Samaná, the road from the city of Samaná to Las Galeras at Punta Balandra was severely damaged, cutting off communication. Also in Samaná, roads were damaged near the area of El Limón.

The Emergency Operations Center (COE) said that 1,592 houses were affected, 40 houses destroyed, 7,960 people are displaced, eight bridges affected, 85 communities cut off and 15 provinces on alert. 3,400 people were evacuated from their homes.

A 14-year old boy, Cristopher Cabrera Lamis was reported dead in Jacagua, Santiago after being electrocuted when coming into contact with high-tension energy lines after his home was flooded.

A red alert was issued for Espaillat (Moca, Gaspar Hernández, Jamao), María Trinidad Sánchez (Nagua) and La Vega, yellow alert for Puerto Plata, Montecristi, Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís), Monseñor Nouel (Bonao), Santiago and green alert for Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí), Hato Mayor, San Pedro de Macorís and Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo).

Source: DR1, Eldia

Nov 14, 2016

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