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Dominicans returning in droves from Puerto Rico

Thousands of Dominicans continue to return to the Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico, due to the difficulties on the island as a result of the effects of Hurricane Maria. Even after several weeks since the hurricane passed over the island, there are frequent and widespread blackouts and a lack of communications, fuel, food and health services. The government says it could take four years before the road transportation infrastructure is fully functional. Although the ferry service between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico has been restored, getting off the island remains a challenge.

In addition to Dominicans, Puerto Ricans and foreigners of other nationalities, such as Venezuelans, Cubans and Americans living in Puerto Rico, have visited the Dominican Consulate to obtain visas to travel to the DR for longer stays. The Dominican consulate, located on the 5th floor of a commercial building on Ponce de León Street in San Juan, suffered significant damage.

Nevertheless, Consul General Franklin Grullón said that most of the documents were protected inside cabinets and drawers. He said they are operating out of an apartment on the first level of the same building so they can assist Dominicans who want to return home.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Oct 17, 2017

Category: DR News |

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