21 deaths counted after heavy rain in Dominican Republic

The aftermath of flooding in the capital Santo Domingo

NOS News

The death toll from heavy rain and flooding in the Dominican Republic has risen to at least 21, authorities report. About 13,000 people have been evacuated.

The victims include the nine people who died on Saturday in the capital Santo Domingo when a wall at the end of a tunnel collapsed . The rainfall damaged the foundation of the concrete wall.

Rescue workers pulled bodies from the rubble:

Deaths after wall falls on cars due to heavy rain in Dominican Republic

Videos on social media show buildings flooded and cars being swept away. The torrential rains also damaged bridges and roads. The power has gone out in a number of places.

The president calls the rainfall of the past two days the heaviest in the country’s history. The large amounts of precipitation are the result of a tropical depression near the Caribbean country.

Four of the 21 deaths are American and three victims are from neighboring Haiti.

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