The Dominican Republic is facing a major reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in the northern part of the country
The Dominican Republic is facing a major reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in the northern part of the country. According to one local newspaper, the government is estimating damage worth nearly RD$7 billion, before all damaged areas have been inspected. The government reports that the Presidency Social Plan has spent around RD$150 million on helping families affected by floods.
El Nacional newspaper is reporting more than RD$1.5 billion in crop damage in the Lower Yuna Basin alone.
According to Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo, Public Works brigades are working to reestablish communication in areas where several roads and bridges have collapsed. He said that the Ministry is in permanent session and working hard to deal with infrastructure and housing damage in the cities and towns of provinces such as Maria Trinidad Sanchez (Nagua), Samaná, Puerto Plata and Espaillat (Moca). He said that priority was also being given to roadways in the provinces of La Vega, Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís), Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí) and Santiago.
According to the Castillo things are getting worse by the day in the northwestern provinces and the north coast where rain is still falling.
Scheduled visits by four cruise ships to the Amber Cove cruise ship port were cancelled due to the flooding. The Damajagua Falls infrastructure has also been affected by the flooding rivers.
Meanwhile, as reported in El Caribe, Puerto Plata Tourism Cluster spokesman Roberto Casoni said that hotel occupancy in the area is high. Hotels and tour companies have been hard at work finding replacements for usual outdoor excursions that have been affected by the rains.
Source: DR1, Eldia
Nov 18, 2016
Category: DR News |