A total of 43,540 people have had to leave their homes in the Dominican Republic due to the effects of Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall last Monday in this country, according to a report published this Thursday by the Emergency Operations Center (COE).
Previously, the COE had encrypted the displaced at 10,400.
The president of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, declared three provinces as disaster zones: La Altagracia ―home to the popular resort of Punta Cana―, El Seibo and Hato Mayor.
The hurricane caused damage to 6,446 homes and destroyed 2,262, according to the COE, which specified that 23 locations remain incommunicado.
Likewise, it reported that 210,433 people continue without water and 725,246 without electricity.
17 provinces remain on yellow alert and 10 on green, while the prohibition of all recreational activities in the mountains and the use of rivers, canals and streams continues.
Dominican President Luis Abinader announced on Wednesday that some 8,300 homes will be rebuilt in the areas most affected by Fiona, who arrived in the country with category 1.
The hurricane, now a category 4 with winds of 130 miles per hour, is approaching the Bermuda Islands this Thursday, through which it will pass tonight just to the west, on its way to the east coast of Canada.
From El Nuevo Día.