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Evacuations in Puerto Rico over possible dam burst

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 Oct 2017 12:00 AM GMT

San Juan, Oct 1: People living near the Guajataca River in Puerto Rico were evacuated because a dam in the area was at risk of bursting, the media reported. After Hurricane Maria directly hit the US territory two weeks ago, the dam has had a higher load than usual and recent rains have contributed to pressure on the dam, Efe news reported.

On September 22, the authorities ordered the clearing of areas near Quebradilla and Isabela, and on Saturday, the security forces went to the area to ensure their orders were followed and to evacuate those who have not yet left.

Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló, met with the commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, as well as with representatives of the Federal Agency for the Magement of Emergencies (FEMA) and the Puerto Rican Electricity Authority (AEE), in order to assess the next steps of the joint effort for the island to recover electric power. Only five per cent of AEE subscribers have electricity. (IANS)

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