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Tropical Storm Olga

Sunday, December 16, 2007

During her recent visit to the Dominican Republic the island was hit by Tropical Storm Olga. The people of the Dominican Republic were very concerned about the storm as they had suffered very badly in Tropical Storm Noel which had stayed over the island for 6 days.

 

Fortunately Olga moved across the islands more quickly but still caused severe flooding and mud slides. Despite affected areas being evacuated over 37 people lost their lives in the Dominican Republic alone. It is very unusual to get a tropical storm in December as the hurricane season ends at the end of November.

 

Meg said:

 

“I was staying in the capital Santo Domingo, which was only on the edge of the storm. Nevertheless, we had torrential rain and flooding and plans for me to visit coral reefs in a boat had to be abandoned. It really brought home to me how vulnerable the people of the Caribbean are and the constant fear they live with. With increasing storms and hurricanes thought to be one of the effects of global warming, it is essential that we take the necessary steps to tackle climate change.”

 

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