Nearly 7,000 Evacuees in DR for Rains

Santo Domingo, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) About 7,000 people remained evacuated in the Dominican Republic on Friday as a result of rains caused by tropical storm Emily.

On Thursday, there were 21 provinces under alert because of the risk of sea flooding and landslides, said the Emergency Operation Center.

The rains caused the death of three people in the Dominican Republic, raising to four the number of deaths caused by Emily in its passage through the Caribbean. On Tuesday, an old man died on the island of Martica.

Some 56 communities are still cut off by overflowing rivers and streams, the emergency center reported.

The National Weather Bureau said the storm, downgraded to a tropical depression, has moved away, but the rains will continue throughout Friday.

Emily has the potential to become a storm again in the coming hours, according to the National Hurricane Center of the United States.

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