Three drown as relentless rains pound the North
Santo Domingo.- At least three reported drowned in central La Vega province as flooding from the incessant rains destroyed nine homes, forced hundreds of families to evacuate towns near Santiago and farmlands under water in the Northwest by a swelled Yaque del Norte river.
Among the victims is Daniel de León, 9, dragged by the torrent of the Bacuí river in La Vega, and a man, still unidentified, who drowned in Jarabacoa.
Public Works Ministry director Ramón Pepín said floodwaters damaged 30 bridges in Puerto Plata, where nine collapsed, slowing traffic on the Navarrete-Puerto Plata road.
He said several crews channel the Bajabonico river to avert the collapse bridges and homes, 10 of which were destroyed in that area.
Meanwhile traffic on the Luperón panoramic road remains is cut off, as the abutments built to restore it, collapsed from the continuing downpours on Friday.
Hundreds of people were evacuated at least six towns cut off in near Gaspar Hernández, northeastern Espaillat province, after the Venus river crested its banks.
Nov 21, 2016
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