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Dominican Republic: Tropical Storm Noel OCHA Situation Report No. 8

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This situation report is based on information received from United Nations Resident Coordinators in country and OCHA Regional Office in Panama.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Remainders of a low pressure cause rain in most of the country.

- Approximately USD 22.2 million in losses in the agricultural sector.

SITUATION

1. Weather conditions: The National Office of Meteorology (ONAMET) reports that remainders of the low pressure system that impacted the Dominican Republic remain over most of the country, increasing cloudiness and causing light rains in the provinces of Samaná, Hato Mayor, Monte Plata, El Seibo and La Altagracia.

2. Forecast for the next two days: ONAMET forecasts that rains will continue for the next 24 to 48 hours in most of the country, principally in the regions of Norte, Noreste, Este, Sureste and Valle del Cibao.

3. Affected area: On 13 November, there were floods in La Altagracia and El Bajo Yuna due to heavy rainfall, which forced the evacuation of 668 people living in 167 homes. The Emergency Operations Center {Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia (COE)} maintains a red alert for 10 provinces, yellow for 19 and in two alerts were removed.

Impact:

National Emergency Commission / Comisión Nacional de Emergencia (CNE)
Bulletin 28
(06:00 PM of 13 November 2007)
Deaths
87.
Disappeared
42.
Displaced people In shelters: 7,620
Staying with relatives, friends: 42,272
TOTAL: 49,892
Affected homes Slight damage: 7,782
Severe damage: 1,506
Destroyed: 3,185
TOTAL: 12,473
Shelters in operation
64.
Cut-off communities
95.

Health, water and sanitation

4. According to PAHO/WHO, there are still 30 water systems which need to be rehabilitated and water supplies are provided through water trucks and donated tanks located in shelters and affected zones. Nonetheless, there are communities in Villa Altagracia province which have received no water and where there are food distribution problems.

5. In Pedro Brand municipality, in Santo Domingo province, wells are being excavated to sustain local populations with potable water.

Food security and nutrition

6. Farmer and cattle rancher organizations in Cibao and Southeast affirm and the government fund of 1.6 billion pesos (approximately USD 47.8million) are insufficient to resolve the serious problems faced by agricultural producers in the country, for which they are requesting that the debts of affected producers be pardoned. Losses are estimated at 2.6 billion pesos (approximately USD 77.7 million).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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