- Title: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Tropical Storm Emily dumps heavy rainfall
- Date: 5th August 2011
- Summary: SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (AUGUST 04, 2011) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF NEIGHBOURHOOD LAS CANITAS AND TIMBEQUE WITH WATER VISIBLY ENTERING HOMES NEXT TO THE RIVER VARIOUS OF TIRADENTES AVENUE WITH RAIN FALLING GENERAL VIEW OF SEAFRONT AND WAVES GENERAL VIEW OF SAN MARTIN AVENUE / TRAFFIC CAUSED BY FLOODING VARIOUS OF EMERGENCY COMMITTEE MEETING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) METEOROLOGIST, BOLIVAR LEDESMA, SAYING: "In only 12 hours in the southeast area, 140 millimeters of water fell on the town of Polo Barahona, in the town of Barahona 115 millimeters of rain and in Oviedo 101 millimeters of rain and successively in the whole region." MORE OF EMERGENCY MEETING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES, GENERAL JUAN MANUEL MENDEZ, SAYING "Cut off communities, it has been reported the contention wall of River Yaque del Sur in Azua and San Pedro Macoris Barahona is cracking." MEMBER OF USAID (THE US AGENCY FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT) LOOKING ON AIR FORCE PILOT LOOKING AT MAPS GENERAL VIEW OF MAP OF SAN JUAN PROVINCE
- Embargoed: 20th August 2011 13:00
- Location: Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
- Country: Dominican Republic
- Topics: Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA5AU72NCQN66MRQ283AU1KE805
- Story Text: Tropical Storm Emily dumped heavy rainfall of southeastern Dominican Republic on Thursday (August 04).
Emily was about 40 miles (65 km) southeast of Isla Beata in the southernmost part of Dominican Republic, near its border with Haiti, at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT Thursday), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Meteorologist, Bolivar Ledesma, said several towns had been affected by heavy rain.
"In only 12 hours in the southeast area, 140 millimeters of water fell on the town of Polo Barahona, in the town of Barahona 115 millimeters of rain and in Oviedo 101 millimeters of rain and successively in the whole region."
The Director of Emergency Services, General Juan Manuel Mendez, said communities had been cut-off and river contention walls were cracking.
"Cut off communities, it has been reported the contention wall of River Yaque del Sur in Azua and San Pedro Macoris Barahona is cracking."
Meanwhile hundreds of thousands of people left homeless by last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti are vulnerable to high winds, torrential rains and dangerous floods and landslides.
The storm had sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and its center was expected to pass over southwest Haiti later on Thursday before barreling toward extreme eastern Cuba.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said Emily could unleash as much as 20 inches (50 cm) of rain over parts of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, posing a significant threat to Haiti, which is vulnerable to flash floods and mudslides because of its near-total deforestation.
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