International Desk: At least 21 people have died in heavy rains in the Dominican Republic. Thousands of people have been displaced due to the rains, local officials said.
The British media BBC reported that 9 people lost their lives in the collapse of a highway tunnel in the capital Santo Domingo. An investigation has been started in this incident. More than 13,000 people have been evacuated to safer places after heavy rains.
The country's Emergency Operations Center (COE) said the rains caused flash flooding, power outages, and damaged bridges and roads. Three children have been confirmed among those who lost their lives in various accidents. The country's president, Luis Abinade, called the heavy rains after heavy storms for the past 48 hours as the "worst rainfall event" in the country's history.
The Emergency Operations Center said more than 2,500 people were rescued and about 2,600 houses were damaged by the storm. Red or yellow weather warnings have been issued for most of the country's 32 provinces. President Abinade said that all classes will be closed until next Wednesday. Such measures have been taken to ensure the safety of children.