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Salvation Army flood response begins in Dominican Republic

Salvation Army flood response begins in Dominican Republic

Salvation Army flood response begins in Dominican Republic

17 October 2016

By IHQ Communications

The Dominican Republic is the latest recipient of The Salvation Army's support in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

When Hurricane Matthew caused massive damage across Haiti in the first week of October, the neighbouring country of Dominican Republic was also affected.

Heavy rains from the hurricane and subsequent storms led to the Moca River overflowing, causing widespread flooding. Almost 50 homes were destroyed in Espaillat Province, with a further 300 houses being damaged. The flooding also led to businesses being lost, with farmers particularly badly hit.

Representatives from Moca Corps met with the Civil Protection Chief, Ramon Andres Peña, to coordinate a relief response. Aux-Captains Ovalles from Moca Corps have visited the area where approximately 100 families – including five Salvationists – are being sheltered.

International Headquarters has released US$5350 (AU$7030) to provide urgent care to 20 families, including 50 children, who will be provided with immediate needs such as food and drink as well as everyday essentials such as clothes, bedding and hygiene items. 

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