Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Some 13,000 displaced and 2,600 houses damaged in the Dominican Republic by Hurricane Fiona

More than 13,000 displaced people, some 2,600 houses damaged and twelve isolated towns is the provisional balance of the damage caused by Hurricane Fiona as it passed through the Dominican Republic, the Emergency Operations Center (COE) reported on Tuesday.

According to the COE, the total number of displaced persons amounts to 13,070 and, of the 2,614 damaged homes, four are totally destroyed as a result of this cyclone, which has already caused two fatalities in the country.

In addition, four bridges were affected by the hurricane and 81 aqueducts were damaged, of which 78 are out of service, causing damage to more than 1,400,000 people.

Likewise, some 410,000 people do not have electricity, according to the COE, which maintains 19 Dominican provinces on yellow alert and eight on green after the passage of Fiona, which hit the Dominican Republic on Monday as a category 1 hurricane.

During his visit to one of the affected areas, Dominican President Luis Abinader, who canceled his trip to the UN due to the situation caused by the hurricane, said today that the general assessment of the damage caused by Fiona will take about five days.

The cyclone, which reached category 3 on Tuesday, will continue to generate downpours and electrical storms today in the Dominican Republic, warned the National Meteorological Office (Onamet).

Hurricane Fiona is already punishing the east of the Turks and Caicos archipelago with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers / hour).

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States, the third hurricane of 2022 in the Atlantic is moving north-northwest at 10 miles per hour (17 kilometers / hour) and is expected to give a turn north.


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