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Rains cause blackouts and damage in Valverde and Puerto Plata

Rains earlier this week together with sudden gusts of high winds have caused blackouts and property damage to more than 300 houses in the provinces of Valverde and Puerto Plata over the last 36 hours. In the northern part of the country, rains continue in many areas and the Center for Emergency Operations (COE) has reported that communities in Jaibon and Las Flores in the province of Valverde suffered from flooding of the Maimon River and in Baja Guayacanes some 200 residences were affected by a power outage caused by wind damage to light poles and electricity lines.

In the same report by general Juan Manuel Mendez Garcia, the COE director, the agency notes that in Puerto Plata 23 houses were flooded in different Barrios by the Guananico and Caonabo rivers.

The National Weather Office (Onamet) reports on rains in Santiago, Puerto Plata, Duarte, La Vega, Monsignor Nouel, San Pedro de Macoris, La Romana, La Altagracia, Azua, San Juan, and Barahona. Santo Domingo will be cloudy with possible rain showers with thunder and lightning.

Temperatures will continue to be high, over 30°C as a low pressure front continues affecting our weather and causing these rains. The COE is maintaining 22 provinces under different alerts, among them Puerto Plata, Espaillat, Barahona (especially the area around Enriquillo) Valverde and San Cristobal who are under a yellow alert. Other provinces in the Cibao and the South remain under a green alert for River flooding and landslides.
The COE director also told reporters that brigades from the Presidency, the Armed Forces, Public Health and Public Works together with aid workers from Civil Defense have been activated to offer assistance to those affected. Over 4 inches of rain have fallen in Barahona and Santiago and it is expected that Barahona will receive more rain.

Source: Dr1, Elnacional

May 19, 2017

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