Greater Santo Domingo and other districts, on epidemiological alert due to rains
The Ministry of Public Health put Greater Santo Domingo and other provinces on epidemiological alert for possible diseases that could arise from the torrential rains of the last few hours, which have caused flooding, especially in the country’s southern region.
The General Directorate of Epidemiology of this entity informed that the purpose is to ensure the care of the affected population at the local level.
The General Directorate of Epidemiology of the entity informed that the purpose is to ensure the care of the affected population at the local level and those displaced in the homes of family and friends and “to strengthen the surveillance system for notifiable diseases (ENO) related to these events and to establish response and control measures in case of disease outbreaks.”
Earlier, the Emergency Operations Center (COE) raised to 21 the number of provinces on alert due to a trough that could cause flooding of rivers, streams, and creeks, as well as flash or urban flooding.
The agency said that of the 21 provinces on alert, two are in red, 10 in yellow, and 9 in green.
Which provinces are on alert?
According to the COE, the provinces on red alert are Independencia and Azua; on yellow, Barahona, Peravia, Pedernales, San Juan, Bahoruco, Elías Piña, San José de Ococa, Distrito Nacional, Santo Domingo, and San Cristóbal. Meanwhile, in green are Santiago Rodríguez, Montecristi, Puerto Plata, Monte Plata, Monseñor Nouel, Dajabón, La Vega, Santiago, and Valverde.
For its part, the National Meteorological Office (Onamet), said Saturday that, after 24 hours, significant accumulated rainfall was recorded over the provinces located in the southwest of the country, such as Padre las Casas, Azua, with 287 millimeters, Arpt. María Montes, Barahona with 192, Jimani, Independencia with 176, San José De Ocoa with 144.3.
These bad weather conditions, says the report, were due to the high moisture content provided by the south/southeast wind from the Caribbean Sea and the instability of a trough at different levels of the troposphere, so this afternoon and evening will continue the activities of moderate downpours heavy at times, thunderstorms and gusty winds in different provinces of the Caribbean coast, especially the southwest, northwest, Central Cordillera and the border area.