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Dominican Republic: Tropical Storm Noel OCHA Situation Report No. 5



- Priority needs: 80 thousand gallons per day of potable water, 4,500 portable latrines and food for 10,500 children located in shelters.

- On 6 November was issued a flash appeal for $13,985,200 to provide humanitarian assistance over the next six months to survivors of Tropical Storm Noel in the Dominican Republic.

- UNDAC and UNETE held a technical and operational meeting with NGOs working in affected zones with the objective of sharing information and creating mechanisms to allow strengthening the coordination of humanitarian assistance.


1. Despite improvements in weather conditions, the National Meteorology Office (ONAMET in Spanish) announces that a front will cause new precipitation in the Dominican Republic. Forecast for the next two days: For the next 24 to 36 hours, precipitation will be concentrated in the northeast, southeast, border and central regions of the Dominican Republic

2. In addition, prevailing East/Northeast winds will continue push clouds towards the Dominican Republic, leading to weak scattered rain showers over the northeastern and southeastern regions.

3. Affected area: The Committee for Special Operations (COE in Spanish) maintains a red alert for 11 provinces, with another 17 reduced to yellow alert.

4. Impact:


National Emergency Commission - Comisión Nacional de Emergencia (CNE) Bulletin 19
(11:00 AM, 6 November 2007)
Displaced In shelters: 26,791
In homes of relatives and friends: 47,709
TOTAL: 74,500
Affected houses Partially damaged: 15,915
Destroyed: 737
TOTAL: 16,652
Shelters functioning
Cut-off communities
Affected bridges and roads

Health, water and sanitation

5. The National Institute for Hydraulic Resources (INHRHI in Spanish) reports that damage in irrigation systems has reached 700 million pesos (approximately USD 20.7 million).

6. Potable water distribution is scarce in more than one hundred sectors of the Distrito Nacional and Santo Domingo province.

7. Epidemiological surveillance in shelters shows an incident of diarrhea and conjunctivitis. There are reports in the community surveillance system of three cases of meningococcic meningitis in San Cristóbal del Este (1), La Guaranda (1), Santo Domingo (1). Despite these isolated cases, the Secretary of Public Health and Social Assistance (SESPAS in Spanish) reports that there is no outbreak of sickness in the shelters.

Food security and nutrition

8. There is only a stock of rice (5.2 million units of 100kg) and cultivations of plantain, beans, yucca, vegetables and other short-cycle crops have been severely affected.

9. San José de Ocoa is in need of food and potable water for 2,000 people who lost their homes.

10. The Dominican Agrarian Institute (IAD in Spanish) estimates that more than 350,000 cultivated areas with different crops were totally or partially affected.

11. The Association of Agrarian Producers in Espaillat province has quantified damage to livestock at more than 100 million pesos (approximately USD 3 million).

12. The Northeastern Regional office of the Secretary of Agriculture reports that in Bajo Yuna there were registered losses of more than 100 million pesos (approximately USD 3 million).

13. In Peravia province, 80% of agricultural plots were destroyed, and in Barahona, 70% of coffee production was affected.


14. The Dominican Red Cross warns that tension is increasing in shelters, which in their judgment could provoke social violence. There remain difficulties in food distribution.

15. Those affected by the overflow of the Ozama and La Isabela rivers have demanded to be relocated to safer areas.


16. No fewer than 30 communities in San José de Ocoa and 60 in Duarte province are still cut off.



17. CNE requires an annual budget of 600 to 700 million pesos (USD 17.8 to 20.7 million) to create a disaster preparation and prevention system.

18. The Secretary of Public Works announced that on 6 November communications will move reestablished with San José de Ocoa. In addition, more than 1,200 million pesos (USD 35.6 million) are required to rebuild damaged bridges and roads.


19. Search and rescue and food distribution operations continue in the zones of Bajo Yuna, Villa Altagracia, Bonao, San José de Ocoa and Azua.

20. SESPAS maintains their fumigation plans in affected areas, as well as vector controls and the elimination of mosquito breeding grounds.

21. The Council "Distrito Nacional" began on 5 November to rebuild more than 1,000 homes of affected by the storm.

22. In Santo Domingo province, the Government will also begin to repair homes with minor damage.

23. There is constant monitoring of the state of dams.

For detailed information please contact:

Desk Officer (New York):
Mr. Ignacio León
Office Tel: +1 917 367-9960
Office Fax: +1 212 963-3630

GCMS (Geneva):
Ms. Aoibheann O'Keeffe
Office Tel: +41 22 917 4329

OCHA Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (Panama):
Mr. Douglas Reimer
Regional Disaster Response Adviser
Office Tel. +507 317 1748
Office Fax +507 317 1744
Mobile: +507 6676-1689

Press Contact:

(NY) Ms. Stephanie Bunker
Office Tel : + 1 917-367-5126
Office Fax: + 1 212-963-1312

(GVA) Ms. Elizabeth Byrs
Office Tel + 41 22 917 26 53
Office Fax + 41 22 917 00 20


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