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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Three days of downpours end Dominican Republic’s 5-month drought

After a five month drought that worried Dominican Republic farmers and specially cattle ranchers, the three days of downpours are so intense that the country’s emergency authorities declared preventive alert for eight provinces Tuesday.

The Operations Emergency Center (COE) said a large part of the national territory can expect heavy rains, thunderstorms and gusts of winds, more intense in the Northeast, Southeast and Central Mountain regions. It said accumulated rainfalls in the next 24 hours could surpass 80 millimeters and cause flash floods in urban areas.

“The provinces under alert are Santo Domingo, Mounte Plata, Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Sanchez Ramirez, Duarte, Samaná, Santiago and the National District (Dominican capital),” the authorities said.

Source: Dominican Today

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