Tuesday, May 25, 2004

DR: The river come down

More than 130 people have died after torrential rains swept across the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

At least 80 people were killed in the Dominican Republic when two rivers broke their banks in the small town of Jimani on the border with Haiti.

Fifty-eight people were reported killed in flooding in Haiti, AFP news agency reported.

Meteorologists predict the heavy rains will continue throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.

Torrential rain has been falling for more than two weeks on the Dominican Republic, swelling rivers and saturating the land.
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Some 450 homes were flooded across the nation, National Emergency Commission (NEC) chief Radhames Lora Salcedo was quoted as saying by AP news agency.

North-western areas have been most badly hit by the rains, which cut off some roads and led to power cuts in at least 14 towns.

Extensive damage to crops and livestock has been reported.

Thousands who fled the bursting rivers were staying with friends and relatives or at shelters set up in churches.

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