The Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development and the United Nations country office met this Thursday to identify and coordinate the needs in terms of international cooperation support after Hurricane Fiona passed through the country last Monday.

At the meeting, a balance was also passed on the specific damages caused by the atmospheric phenomenon and the actions that government entities have been carrying out to collaborate with the immediate recovery of the demarcations that have been most affected were known, affirmed a document sent by Economy.

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Likewise, regarding decree 537-22 that declares “emergency purchasing procedures” to deal with the damage caused by Hurricane Fiona, in order to help the provinces of La Altagracia, La Romana, El Seibo, Samaná, Hato Mayor, Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Duarte and Monte Plata.

The meeting took place between the Vice Minister of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Economy, Olaya Dotel, and the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in the Dominican Republic, Mauricio Ramírez Villegas.

Dotel stressed the importance of knowing and grouping the cooperation needs that the country presents as a result of the damage caused by the recent hurricane, in order to solve the priorities, through the international cooperation mechanisms offered by the agencies of the United Nations system.

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A total of 43,540 people have had to leave their homes in the Dominican Republic due to the effects of Hurricane Fiona, according to a report published today by the Emergency Operations Center (COE).

The hurricane caused damage to 6,446 homes and destroyed 2,262, according to the COE, which specified that twenty-three locations remain incommunicado.

Likewise, it reported that 210,433 people continue without water and 725,246 without electricity, most of them residing in the east and northeast of the country, the areas most affected by the phenomenon.

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