AT LEAST 21 DEAD AFTER STORM BRINGS TORRENTIAL RAIN.
Written by Tunde Adeyemi on November 20, 2023
At least 21 people including three children have died in the Dominican Republic after heavy rain displaced thousands of residents over the weekend.
More than 13,000 people were evacuated to secure areas after the heavy downpours.
The Emergency Operations Center (COE) says more than 2,500 people were rescued and more than 2,600 homes affected by the storm which caused flooded homes, power cuts and damaged bridges as well as roads.
Dominican President Luis Abinader called it the “largest rainfall event ever” in the country’s history.
The Caribbean nation has been battered by torrential rainfall with footage on social media showing torrents of water flowing through streets and washing away vehicles.
A statement by the U.S. Embassy states that the rainfall which resulted from a tropical depression, is expected to continue across parts of the country into Monday.
A majority of the nation’s 32 provinces remain under red and yellow weather alerts.