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Infrastructure destruction due to April’s rains

Recent heavy rains have caused major damage in Samaná province, where the whole municipality has flooded. Samana and Jarabacoa, in La Vega province, have been among the most affected areas. Many roads are impassable or been completely washed away and communities have been cut off, as overflowing rivers have destroyed many homes.

Reports from Samaná on the flooding of the Malecón explain that lack of maintenance to a gully in the city resulted in this filling up with garbage that impeded its flow, leading instead to the flooding affecting the city. In Las Terrenas, the flooding of the city is attributed to the inexistent of appropriate drainage systems to channel heavy rainwaters.

In addition, the Ministry of Public Works has closed access to San Cristóbal via the 6 November Highway as a preventive measure following the collapse of the side of the road and the flooding of the Yabaso River. As reported, the Haina River has reached levels close to the Haina Bridge. Reports also are of significant flooding in Monte Plata province, where the Samaná Juan Pablo II Highway has been closed off at times at different points due to the heavy rains.

Meanwhile, transit has been blocked on roads that link Santiago to San José de las Matas, La Canela, Guatapanal, Amina, Mao and other locations due to the collapse of a bridge on the Herradura Road. In addition, technicians from the Ministry of Public Works travelled to Barahona province to assess the wide ranging damage there. There has been significant damage especially in Los Arroyos and Paraiso due to the overflowing of the Nizaito River. In Los Arroyos, in Polo there is also major damage due to the overflowing of the Breton River.

The director of the National Health Service (SNS) has warned that the rains and consequent lack of drinking water and electricity outages will lead to increased risk of diseases such as gastroenteritis, cholera, parasites, salmonella, typhoid and hepatitis and recommends hand washing, boiling water and adding bleach to the water. Also residents in river areas are advised not to walk barefoot nor bathe in the rivers.

The rains are expected to continue due to a weather trough moving over the northeast of the country.
Diario Libre reported on the flooding of the Santo Domingo-Samaná Juan Pablo Duarte II Highway, despite the fact that the road was probably the most costly ever built in the country.

In its Bulletin No. 30 issued on 6pm on Monday, 1 May 2017, the Center for Emergency Operations says that two provinces continue on red alert (Duarte and San Cristóbal), 14 on yellow alert and 8 on green alert.

More than 2,818 homes have been affected and 14 houses completely destroyed.  While 14,090 people have had to leave their home.   Fifty seven communities have been cut off, 13 bridges, 23 roads, 67 aqueducts have been damaged and 728 people had to be rescued from the flood waters. Media reports say that many of the collapsed infrastructure is due precisely to the poor quality of the constructions

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

May 2, 2017

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