Disasters & Accidents

Death toll from torrential rains in Dominican Republic rises to 27

Santo Domingo, Nov 22 (EFE).- The latest report from the Dominican authorities brings the official death toll from the torrential rains that hit the country over the weekend to 27, with two more deaths confirmed.

To date, 7,412 homes have been affected, 55 communities have lost communication, and eight roads and six bridges (one of which has collapsed) are damaged.

Essential services, such as water supply, were affected by heavy rains. Currently, 55 aqueducts belonging to the National Institute of Water and Sewerage are completely out of service, affecting 779,531 people.

The Santo Domingo Water and Sewerage Corporation reports that four systems are out of service, affecting 364,437 homes across various areas of the capital with a population of 635,664.

Electricity distribution companies Edesur and Edeeste have fully restored supply to affected users after repairing damage to their respective systems.

After several days of rain warnings throughout the country, the number of provinces under alert dropped down to seven.

Only Bajo Yuna, in the province of Duarte, remains under alert for possible flooding of rivers, streams, and creeks, as well as flash floods or urban flooding. EFE

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