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At least 21 dead in Dominican Republic from heavy rains

Heavy rains hit the Dominican Republic the last 48 hourswith as a result of which at least 21 people lost their livesbetween them 3 minorsthe authorities announced yesterday, Sunday.

Four of the people who lost their lives in separate incidents it was US citizens and others three Haitian nationals, according to the Center for Emergency Operations (COE). Almost all of the country’s provinces (30 out of 32) remained on alert yesterday, according to the authorities.

Nine of the 21 deaths were recorded his evening Saturday, when a wall collapsed onto vehicles on February 27 Avenue, one of its main thoroughfares Santo Domingo.

The Ministry of Public Works announced that an “investigation” is being conducted into this incident.

Nine other people lost their lives in separate incidents in the capital, including during collapse of part of house.

A man was swept away by a torrent in the province of San José de Ocoa (south), others two people lost their lives in a similar event in province of La Altagracia (east).

About 13,000 people were hastily evacuated from danger zonesaccording to the COE.

THE president of the Dominican Republic Luis Abinader spoke during a press conference about the “heaviest rainfall ever recorded» in the Caribbean country. He announced that operation of schools and universities will be suspended as the day after tomorrow Wednesday, in order to “guarantee the safety of children and young people”.

Source: News Beast

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