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Dominican Republic: Flooding displaces hundreds

A flood caused by torrential rains in northern Dominican Republic since Saturday has killed one person and forced the evacuation of hundreds of persons.

Most affected is an agricultural area region named Cibao.

Officials identified the dead man as Haitian, Nelton Pierre who was intoxicated. He drowned when he jumped into to the Arroyo Blanco Abajo River that overflowed its banks, although many persons told him not to do it.

The Editor-in-Chief of the Dominica Today, Jorge Pineda tell Caribbean News Desk that about 100 homes of about 600 persons have been inundated by the flood waters from the Masacre River that borders Haiti and the Dominican Republic…

Emergency management officials in Dajabon and Loma de Cabrera reported that at least 78 homes were damaged, while the overflowing river swept away electrical appliances and other household goods.

The flooding of the Masacre River also drowned farm animals including pigs, goats and poultry, while high winds knocked down trees and billboards in the northern part of the country.

Caribbean News Desk and Agencia EFE