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Devastating floods in Dominican Republic leave at least 21 dead and displace thousands


Nov 20, 2023

Over the weekend, the Dominican Republic experienced heavy rain that caused a landslide in Santo Domingo, resulting in the deaths of at least 21 people. Among the victims were three children and nine people who perished when the wall of a highway tunnel collapsed. The Emergency Operations Center (COE) reported that the rain also led to flooded homes, power outages, and damage to bridges and roads. President Luis Abinader described it as “the biggest rain event in the country’s history” and suspended classes in schools until Wednesday to ensure the safety of students and teachers. The US embassy stated that the rain, which is a result of a tropical cyclone, is expected to continue in parts of the country on Monday. Most of the 32 provinces in the country are still under red and yellow weather alerts. According to AFP news agency, among the deceased are four American citizens and three from neighboring Haiti.

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