Dominican Republic declares red alert over heavy rains

13:53, June 07, 2011      

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Children walk next to a flooded home after heavy rains just outside of Santo Domingo June 6, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Dominican Republic authorities on Monday announced a red alert in three provinces after three days of torrential rains that isolated 30 communities.

The Center of Emergency Operations raised the alert level from yellow to red in the capital of Santo Domingo, southern San Cristobal and northwestern Monte Plata, while a yellow alert was kept in nine provinces.

The authorities said about 400 families were affected while five bridges were damaged. A landslide caused by the rains Friday killed one person Friday in Santiago, north of Santo Domingo.

The National Office of Meteorology said downpours would continue to hit the Caribbean region in the coming days.

In Haiti, which shares the Hispaniola Island with The Dominican Republic, authorities are also on alert as two people died following the rains.

The 2011 hurricane season in the Caribbean and Atlantic officially started last Wednesday and meteorology services predict that at least nine major storms have the potential to reach hurricane category.

Source: Xinhua

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