Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

Santo Domingo, September 20 (EFE) .- With two deaths, hundreds of thousands of people without electricity, thousands of people displaced, and a dozen isolated towns, the Dominican Republic begins this Tuesday to measure the damage caused by Hurricane Fiona. It passed through the country.

Although Dominican President Luis Abinador said on Tuesday that a general assessment of the damage will take about 5 days, some figures are already known: at this time 10,840 people are still displaced, there are 2,168 houses damaged (613 of them destroyed) and some 317,000 users continue without electricity. going, according to the latest bulletin from the Center for Emergency Operations (COE).

Image of a boat stranded on the beach in Samana (Dominican Republic) today after the passage of Hurricane Fiona. EFE / Orlando Barria

Additionally, there are more than 70 damaged reservoirs, 68 of which are out of service; 23 roads were damaged, along with three level crossings and sixteen bridges, two of which collapsed.

This added to the two deaths, a 72-year-old man who fell on a tree and an 18-year-old girl, who fell on a power line pole while riding a motorcycle.
Faced with this situation, Abinadar canceled his trip to New York to attend the United Nations General Session and members of his government visited the northeastern and northern areas most affected by Fiona, which made landfall after hitting Puerto Rico on Monday. as a Category 1 hurricane in the Dominican Republic.

Government system

The Dominican Executive has announced measures to mitigate the effects of the cyclone and thus, the mayoral offices of the affected areas will receive special funds on Thursday.

In addition, two special operations centers have been opened to meet the needs of this area, one in Samana (northeast) and another in Higuey (east).

Major problems include power supply, which also affects drinking water services, so work is being done against the clock to restore both.

Police today cut down a palm tree blocking the road to Samana (Dominican Republic). EFE/Orlando Barria

Meanwhile, Dominicans try to save what they can of their homes and belongings. In El Cibo, in the east of the country, residents of the Giandiana neighborhood leave everything they can to dry in the sun, from clothes to armchairs, furniture drawers and even refrigerators in an attempt to make them useful again.

One of the victims, Julesi de la Rosa, told Ife how the river water entered her house to soak “everything” and affirmed with resignation and a smile: “Several zinc plates have gone (from the roof), but now I am up. I went and killed them.”

“From four o’clock (8.30 GMT-) the storm started, at half past four I left and went to my friend’s house and, when I came in the morning, I found that everything was flooded (…) the river rose and when it was with the ravine “Shocked and headed home,” said the young woman who lives alone with a little girl, who helps her mother clean the gas stove in the middle of the road.

The Dominican Republic continues to be under the indirect effects of Hurricane Fiona, which has caused moderate to heavy rainfall, electrical storms and wind gusts, particularly in the eastern, northeastern, southeastern and central Cordillera regions, mainly concentrated in the province of La Altagracia. , San Juan, Peravia, San José de Ocoa, San Cristobal and Greater Santo Domingo.

According to the National Meteorological Office (ONAMET) these conditions are expected to continue in the coming hours in the local afternoon-night.

For this reason, the Emergency Operations Center maintains nineteen provinces under yellow alert and another eight under green.

In addition, beach use, water sports and mountain recreational activities are prohibited throughout the country, while all ships in the coastal zone must remain in port.
Fiona, which already reached Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale of maximum 5 this Tuesday and became the third hurricane of 2022 in the Atlantic, made landfall in the Dominican Republic at 03:00 local time (07:00 GMT). It left the country at 1:00 pm (5:00 pm GMT) on Monday and traveled across the North Atlantic.

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