Serious issues from latest rains
The Emergency Operations Center (COE) reported on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 that it has been raining nationwide. According to reports, 117 houses were flooded, mostly in the provinces of Puerto Plata and Santiago and 85 people were evacuated.
The COE says that it is maintaining the alert for flood risks in 22 provinces, three under yellow alert and the rest under a green alert, in response to the National Meteorological Office (Onamet) forecast for continuing rains for Thursday 20 October 2016 too, and as a result of ground saturation in the provinces under alert.
The rain is the result of a low-pressure trough that is now located to the northwest of the country and is showing up on the weather radar as far away as Miami.
Onamet also reported that there is a low-pressure system located to the northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands that will also bring rains and possible electrical storms and has a 60% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone.
In Puerto Plata, 50 houses were reported to be flooded in the Los Callejones neighborhood, but the COE said that no evacuations were necessary. In the town of Tamboril, in Santiago province, the floods affected about 50 houses because of drainage problems in the streets that caused urban flooding, but again, no evacuations were necessary.
In Palmar de Ocoa in the southwestern province of Azua, 17 houses in the Enriquillo neighborhood were flooded, again due to poor drainage of the area. Their residents were taken to the homes of family and friends.
The 22 provinces under alert include the entire eastern region, Greater Santo Domingo, provinces in the southwest as far as Barahona, and the provinces in the central part of the Cibao Valley.
Oct 20, 2016
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