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ACT Alert 2/2003: Dominican Republic - Tropical Storm Odette

Originally published
Geneva, 10 December, 2003 - On December 6, Tropical Storm Odette hit the south of the Dominican Republic, affecting the provinces of Barahona, Pedernales and Baoruco and causing electric storms and flash flooding. The National Emergency Commission (CNE) reports that Tropical Storm Odette caused the death of 10 people and seriously injured 14. Substantial damage was sustained by many farms and crops, electric lines and the dwellings of 859 families, of which 34 were completely destroyed. Damages were also reported in the capital city of Santo Domingo. It is estimated that approximately 10,000 people were affected.
In addition, heavy rains in early November flooded the Yaque and Yuna rivers and caused extensive flooding in the northeast part of the Dominican Republic. The most affected provinces were Santiago, Montecristi, Valverde and Duarte. The floods have affected 9,473 families and damaged 1,130 homes and caused significant losses of crops and livestock.

Although the early warning system alerted the whole Hispaniola Island (including Haiti) about Tropical Storm Odette, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), ACT member in Haiti, reports that no damages have been reported in this country.

ACT member, Social Services of Community Churches (SSID), who is responding to the floods and preparing an appeal for the ACT alliance, will assess the new situation to incorporate it in the forthcoming appeal. SSID is already distributing food and clothing collected by the churches. SSID is planning to respond in the areas where they currently have development programs. The immediate needs identified are: food assistance, blankets, medicines and home supplies. SSID intends to support the population in the rehabilitation phase with the reconstruction of houses and the recovery of the agriculture.

Thank you for your attention.

For further information please contact:

ACT Director, Thor-Arne Prois (phone +41 22 791 6032 or mobile phone + 41 79 203 6055)
or ACT Appeals Officer, Elsa Moreno (phone +41 22 791 6420 or mobile phone +41 79 608 81 33)

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