Wednesday, February 18, 2009
An official said on Tuesday that the heavy downpours and strong surf that swamped northern coastal areas of the Dominican Republic, isolated 34 settlements and killed six people, including a British tourist.
Director of the Civil Defence Agency, Luis Luna Paulino, reported that a 47-year-old British tourist drowned while swimming off the tourist resort of Sosua. Paulino did not provide details of the initial report received that five Dominicans had died in other deluged northern towns.
A Catholic church, a school, and several houses in Tamboril, Santiago area were engulfed by landslides caused by the recurrent downpours since last Friday.