Fiona leaves thousands of victims in the Dominican Republic | News


The authorities of the Dominican Republic have confirmed this Tuesday that the passage of Hurricane Fiona through that country has left a balance of more than 1,900 people sheltered or displaced, blockades of roads and communities, serious damage to the electrical system and considerable damage to agriculture.


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As detailed in a press conference by the person in charge of Civil Defense operations, Delfín Antonio Rodríguez, 59 shelters were activated throughout the nation, where 1,559 people have registered, while the remaining 395 remain sheltered in the homes of relatives or friends.

The public official also explained that the areas of La Altagracia and María Trinidad Rodríguez were the ones that reported the highest number of sheltered with 548 and 333, respectively.

Provinces such as El Seibo, Hato Mayor and La Altagracia, to the east of the Caribbean country, were the most affected by the intensity of the rains and the strength of the winds, which began to be felt from early Monday morning and until around noon. , after passing through the island of Puerto Rico.

In the afternoon of Monday, it transpired during a press conference offered by the Dominican president, Luis Abinader, that the damage assessment had begun, and those provinces would be declared as disaster areas, including La Romana, Monte Silver, Samana and Maria Trinidad Sanchez.

Numerous communities were cut off from communication by the flooding of the Seibo and Duey rivers, which flooded several sectors of the urban settlements, in addition to the loss of electrical, telephone and cable television connections.

The images of the city landscape reveal uprooted trees, urban lamps and billboards on the pavement, and walls of buildings destroyed by the effects of water, wind and humidity, where at least 6,500 members of the Civil Defense are working.

Government officials from the municipality of Nagua, in the Dominican province of María Trinidad Sánchez, confirmed the death of Isidro Quiñones, 68 years old, who was hit by a chestnut tree due to the force of the winds associated with Fiona.

For their part, the authorities of the town of Higuey also reported a young woman as a fatal victim, who perished due to the fall of a power line pole while traveling in the rain and strong wind to the community of Santana.

Local media confirmed that the victim’s name was Auriely Esther C. Jiménez, who recently won a scholarship to study medicine at the Universidad Central del Este (UCE).

After passing through the Dominican Republic, Hurricane Fiona acquired category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, and is hitting the eastern region of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, with maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour.

The latest reports at 08:00 (local time) placed Fiona 15 kilometers from the island of Grand Turk, for which the country’s authorities told the inhabitants to remain protected from the disasters that the phenomenon has left on the islands where it has past.

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