The death toll in the Dominican Republic rises to 30 after record rainfall

The Emergency Operations Center (COE) noted in a new bulletin that “about 30 people lost their lives due to heavy rains, urban and rural flooding, bridge collapse and flyover collapse.”

The rains also left 55 communities cut off from the disaster, 7,060 people were moved to safe areas and another 2,591 were rescued by protection authorities.

In the capital Santo Domingo, a wall fell on several vehicles.

It was the “heaviest rainfall event ever in the Dominican Republic,” the bulletin said. The Dominican government declared three days of national mourning on Monday because of the disasters.

Of the 32 provinces of this country with 10.7 million inhabitants, one remains on alert “for possible sudden floods (…) as well as landslides”.

In late August, Storm Franklin swept through the Dominican Republic, leaving two dead and one missing and forcing the evacuation of around 3,000 people from areas with dangerous conditions.

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