Dominican Republic Flooding

little girls in dominican republicThe Dominican Republic has been facing major flooding in the Northern part of the country. According to a local newspaper, the government is estimating damage of over $200 million, before all damaged areas have been inspected. The government reports that the Presidency Social Plan has spent around $4 million on helping families affected by floods. El Nacional newspaper is reporting more than $42 million in crop damage in the Lower Yuna Basin alone.

Heavy rains over the Lower Yuna river basin of Duarte province have ruined around 650 hectares of rice, over 300 hectares of plantain, in addition to crops of cassava and sweet potatoes. Damages were also reported in plantations of eddoes, yams, papayas, pineapples and various vegetables. Meanwhile the Emergency Operations Center (COE) said 2,970 people were displaced due to the rainfall over the Northern provinces of Puerto Plata, Espaillat, Maria Trinidad Sánchez, Motecristi and Duarte.

ERDO, in partnership with Every Day Ministries Canada and PAOC global worker Adrian Thomas in Dominican Republic, is responding to this immediate need by providing important emergency relief supplies including blankets, bottled water, sanitizer, mosquito nets, hygiene items, medicines and food supplies, to vulnerable families in the affected regions. After emergency needs are met, the team will focus on assessing structural damage to homes.

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