Local April 24, 2017 | 8:22 pm

As rain totals climb, so do calamities

Yaque del Sur river, Barahona flooded. Photo elnuevodiario.com.do

Santo Domingo.- The Emergency Operations Center (COE) on Monday afternoon said  the heavy rains have forced 4,695 people to evacuate, have cut off 34 communities and 939 homes reportedly damaged.

The first response agency also reported eight aqueducts shut down, as most of the country is under flash flood warning, while the northeastern María Trinidad Sánchez, Duarte and Sánchez Ramírez provinces are under heightened alert.

The COE said the rains will continue over the country during the next 72 hours and the trough will affect mostly the eastern zone tomorrow Tuesday.

Swelled river collapses bridge, floods highway

The COE added that floodwaters from the La Leonera river collapsed the bridge that links several districts in Monseñor Noel province, while near the provincial seat of Bonao, the Duarte highway was partially flooded causing traffic to back up near Villa Altagracia (south-central).

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