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In a tragic turn of events, the Dominican Republic faces a grave humanitarian crisis as heavy rains triggered by a tropical depression wreak havoc. The downpour, termed the “largest rainfall event ever” in the country’s history by President Luis Abinader, has claimed the lives of at least 21 people and displaced over 13,000. The catastrophic incident unfolded as torrential rains pounded the nation for 48 hours, causing severe flooding, power outages, and extensive damage to infrastructure. Among the victims are nine individuals who tragically lost their lives when the wall of a highway tunnel collapsed onto their cars in the capital, Santa Domingo. The relentless force of these Dominican Republic Rains has devastated communities, prompting urgent rescue and recovery efforts. Videos circulating on social media depict the force of rushing water dragging cars through flooded streets and engulfing buildings, highlighting the urgent need for assistance in the wake of this natural disaster.
President Abinader emphasized the urgent need to address climate change, pointing to the unprecedented nature of the disaster. Videos circulating on social media depict the force of rushing water dragging cars through flooded streets and engulfing buildings. The devastating impact of these Dominican Republic Rains underscores the critical importance of addressing climate change and implementing measures to mitigate its destructive consequences.
The Dominican Republic rains Emergency Operations Center (COE) reported over 2,500 rescues and highlighted the impact on more than 2,600 homes. With 45 communities left without communication, the nation grapples with the aftermath, and an investigation into the tunnel incident is underway.
As the Dominican Republic’s rains persist, an alert remains in effect for most of the country’s 32 provinces. The United States embassy warns of ongoing weather challenges, emphasizing the need for continued vigilance and preparedness.
In response to the crisis, President Abinader has suspended classes until Wednesday to assess the safety of affected schools. The government focuses on rescue and recovery efforts, acknowledging this devastating natural disaster’s extensive and substantial damages.
This tragedy follows closely on the heels of Tropical Storm Franklin, which, at the end of August, claimed lives, left one missing, and prompted the evacuation of thousands. The Dominican Republic now faces a challenging path to recovery, calling for national and international support to aid those affected by the relentless rains.