Local September 27, 2017 | 4:59 pm

Fallen heroes among Hurricane Maria’s 5 fatalities

Maria punished the DR

Santo Domingo.- Swollen of rivers and streams, and landslides resulting from Hurricane Maria’s torrential rains killed five people in Higuey, Espaillat, Montecristi and Mao provinces, the Emergency Operations Center (COE) reported Wed.

Although most of the fatalities were by landslides while some by helping others to cross swollen rivers, the COE doesn’t include them in the number of deaths, claiming they were imprudent in trying to ford rivers or by refusing to leave the areas under mandatory evacuations.

Fallen heroes

The COE added that two Haitian men drowned in Yaque del Norte river in Montecristi while trying to rescue 48 compatriots trapped at a flooded farm where they worked as day laborers.

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