The Emergency Operations Center (COE), according to the 11:00 a.m. bulletin of Tuesday morning, raised to 24 the number of provinces on red alert and placed 8 on yellow alert in view of the possible passage of tropical storm Franklin through the national territory, which could cause flooding of rivers, streams and creeks, as well as urban flooding.
Among the provinces on red alert are: Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, San Cristóbal, Peravia, Barahona, San Juan, Independencia, Puerto Plata, San Pedro de Macorís, La Romana, San José de Ocoa, Azua, Pedernales, Bahoruco, Elías Piña Duarte, María Trinidad Sánchez, Monte Plata, La Altagracia, La Vega, Monseñor Nouel, Hato Mayor, El Seibo and Samaná.
While the 8 provinces on yellow alert are: Dajabón, Montecristi, Hermanas Mirabal, Espaillat, Santiago Rodríguez, Santiago, Sánchez Ramírez and Valverde.
The Emergency Operations Center maintains a tropical storm warning from Saona Island to the Haitian border (Pedernales). Likewise, it marks tropical storm conditions from Saona Island to Montecristi.
It urged residents in high-risk areas living near rivers, streams and creeks to remain attentive to information bulletins and take precautionary measures in case of downpours.
In addition, the agency recommended people to refrain from crossing rivers, streams and creeks with a high volume of water, as well as not to use bathing resorts in the provinces under alert.
In view of the possible impact of tropical storm Franklin on the national territory, the Dominican Government ordered the suspension of work from noon today and all day Wednesday, August 23, as a preventive measure to safeguard lives and mitigate the negative effects that may be caused by the atmospheric phenomenon.
Likewise, the population was advised to keep abreast of all COE bulletins.
The Minister of the Presidency and the Administrative Minister of the Presidency, Joel Santos and José Paliza, respectively, maintain permanent communication with the Directorate of the Emergency Operations Center, in order to keep the Head of State informed regarding the development of this event, supporting with the necessary resources through the Social Plan of the Presidency and the Economic Canteens.