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  • Many parts of the Dominican Republic are suffering from heavy flooding after the first storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

    Many parts of the Dominican Republic are suffering from heavy flooding after the first storm of the 2018 hurricane season. | Photo: EFE

Published 11 July 2018

The capital of Santo Domingo was left without electricity from the first major storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Beryl have left at least 8,000 people displaced, and 19 villages without communication in the Dominican Republic, the Emergency Operations Center said.

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Thousands are left without drinking water, as the storm has knocked 75 aqueducts out of service.

The capital of Santo Domingo was left without electricity from the first major storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

The Center still has 22 provinces on alert for flooding and landslides.

In San Cristobal province, 700 homes were flooded and two schools collapsed.

A member of National Congress, Ito Bisono, tweeted pictures of a recently opened hospital flooded.

“A country with a supposedly growing economy cannot have hospitals where it rains more inside than outside,” Bisono tweeted.

Tropical Storm Beryl was earlier a category 1 hurricane, but was then downgraded to a tropical storm. In spite of having lost its earlier heavy wind power, strong rains pose an equally dangerous threat.


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