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Water supplies cut in DomRep amid cholera scare

Water supplies cut in DomRep amid cholera scare

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have shut off water supplies in a western region after lab tests revealed they were contaminated with cholera, officials said Thursday.
The affected communities are located near Banica, a town along the border that the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti, where more than 2,400 people have died as a result of a cholera epidemic.
Water trucks are temporarily serving dozens of residents in the area, Health Minister Bautista Rojas said.
Soldiers also are patrolling several rivers where fishing, water consumption and other activities have been banned, including the South Yaque, one of the country's largest and most important rivers.
On Monday, the government drained an irrigation canal in the border province of San Juan de la Maguana because officials said it was contaminated. The canal provides water to dozens of families and is used to irrigate 273 hectares (675 acres) of crops.
Rojas expected to reopen the canal by the end of the week.
At least 139 cholera cases have been reported in the Dominican Republic, most of them along border towns.
Last month, President Leonel Fernandez set aside $10.2 million for cholera prevention and treatment.


Updated : 2021-08-01 15:52 GMT+08:00