Dominican Republic Floods: At Least 6 killed in Rains

A sewage worker clears a sewer in a street flooded by the rains of Hurricane Matthew, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Hurricane Matthew roared into the southwestern coast of the island of Hispaniola with devastating storm conditions as it headed north toward Cuba and the eastern coast of Florida. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez)
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A soldier stands guard during the visit of The President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, to the Los Ríos neighbourhood flooded by the rains, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 05 November 2022Image source, EPA
The president declared a state of emergency following the torrential rains

At least six people have been killed after torrential rains caused havoc in the Dominican Republic.

On Friday, some areas of the capital, Santo Domingo, saw twice the monthly average rainfall in one day.

Meteorologists said that while they had been aware of heavy rains approaching, they had been surprised by the strength of the sudden downpour.

Poor drainage meant that the water accumulated quickly, turning streets into quick-flowing torrents.

In some parts of Santo Domingo, 232mm (9.1in) of rain fell in a matter of hours, twice the estimate for the month, Weather Bureau Director Gloria Ceballos said.

View of a car dragged by the current in the Los Ríos neighbourhood flooded by the rains, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 05 November 2022.Image source, EPA
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Cars were washed away by fast-flowing rivers

Several people are still missing. Of the six people who died, two drowned, two were electrocuted and two were crushed by collapsing walls.

Hundreds of homes have been damaged and the agricultural sector has also been hard hit.

President Luis Abinader said an estimate of the damages would be released on Tuesday.

He added that poor drainage had compounded the flooding in the capital: “It’s a problem that continued to grow, the city and greater Santo Domingo area grew without a real drainage system.”

A man crosses a river, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 05 November 2022.Image source, EPA
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Rivers broke their banks as water levels rose
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