Downpours continue: 2,605 evacuated, 30 towns cut
Santo Domingo.- From Barahona in the southwest to Nagua in the Northeast, the number of people evacuated due to the downpours in recent days has reached 2,605 while 30 communities are cut off and 521 homes damaged, the Emergency Operations Center (COE) reported Monday.
It said a swelled river toppled a bridge and washed out a road, and forced the shutdown of eight aqueducts.
The COE maintains María Trinidad Sánchez, Duarte (Especially Bajo Yuna) and Sánchez Ramírez provinces (northeast) under heightened alert.
For its part, the Civil Defense reports that the Ozama River overflowed its banks in of Monte Plata province (east), which washed out the road that links the towns La Luisa, Hacienda Estrella La Victoria, where the flooding forced families to be evacuated from their homes.
The National Weather Office (Onamet) on Monday forecast heavy to moderate downpours over a large part of the country.