MADRID – A Spanish contingent of Firefighters Without Borders (BUSF) is traveling on Monday to the Dominican Republic to help their colleagues in that country establish sanitary conditions and bring potable water to the areas affected the most by Hurricane Maria, the Spanish NGO said in a communique.
The team from BUSF España, comprised of five firemen and one healthcare worker, will head from Santo Domingo to Duarte province, which is still on red alert after the storm, specifically to the town of Arenoso, where the collapse of a retention wall along the Yuna River has caused serious flooding, according to the statement.
The work of the Spanish personnel, along with members of the Dominican Republic’s BUSF contingent, will be carried out in coordination with the firefighters from San Francisco de Macoris, the provincial capital, and with the support of the La Vega and Santo Domingo Este fire departments.
Hurricane Maria, which killed more than 50 people on its passage through the Caribbean, serious affected the Dominican Republic, dumping torrential rain that caused flooding and landslides in numerous spots around the country.
The ground in the area was saturated with water after the passage of Hurricane Irma a couple of weeks before, and this fact forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 people to the homes of friends or relatives, or to shelters set up by local authorities.
The Spanish team traveling to the Dominican Republic is comprised of firefighters from Cordoba, Huelva and Madrid, and all of its members have extensive experience in dealing with catastrophes and their aftermaths.