Dominican Red Cross Responds to Floods

تم النشر: 23 نوفمبر 2016 2:52 CET

After hurricane Matthew hit La Española Island, Dominican Republic has been experiencing a series of hydrometeorological events caused by soil saturation in the central and northern regions of Cibao. These events have led to the displacement of vulnerable communities and the cutting off of communications. The president of Dominican Republic has declared a State of Emergency in the provinces of Puerto Plata, La Vega, Espaillat and María Trinidad Sánchez.


According to the National Office for Meteorology (ONAMET, by its Spanish acronym), rainfall is likely to increase in the northern and north-eastern regions of the country, as well as in the Central Mountain Range; therefore the flood warning continues in lowlands next to rivers and streams, as well as in the provinces of Dajabon, María Trinidad Sánchez, Duarte, Sánchez Ramírez, Monseñor Nouel, Samaná, Hato Mayor and el Seibo. A landslide warning has also been issued in the provinces of Espaillat, Santiago, La Vega, Puerto Plata and Montecristi.


According to reports from the National Emergency Operation Center (COE, by its Spanish acronym) and the National Institute for Drinking Water and Sewerage (INAPA, by its Spanish acronym), there are 4,879 affected households, 1,478 people are living in shelters, 3,798 people have been displaced, and approximately 26,343 people have been affected by floods.


Around 132 communities in the provinces of La Vega, Puerto Plata, María Trinidad Sánchez and Espaillat are cut off. To date, there are 13 affected bridges, and three of the main roads to the touristic areas have been affected: Limón road (between the municipalities of Sánchez and Samaná); Gaspar Hernández road (between the municipalities of Gaspar Hernández and Rio San Juan); and Luperón road (between the municipalities of Luperón and Puerto Plata). The road that runs from the town of Jamao to the district of Sabaneta de Yasica is affected due to the collapse of the main bridge.


The Committee in charge of dams and reservoirs had to order the release of water from the Taveras-Bao dam located in the province of Santiago due to high water levels and heavy rainfall, which led to flooding in the provinces of Santiago, Valverde and Montecristi.


The Dominican Red Cross (DRC) has been working closely with the communities affected by flooding through their branches and community networks, which play a fundamental role in community-based emergency assistance, in coordination with the National Risk Management System.


The DRC have been conducting assessments by land and air to complement the collected information to date. The DRC is also prepared to send humanitarian aid to 5,000 families living in the most affected areas. This assistance includes hygiene kits, tarpaulins and jerry cans. The DRC Water and Sanitation Team is also ready and available to respond if requested by the authorities.


The National Society is working with the Regional Office in the Americas of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to meet additional needs and provide additional support to the most vulnerable families of the Puerto Plata province, located in the northern region of

the country.