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Flooding from Tropical Storm Olga kills at least 14 in region

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"We have an emergency situation. It's a catastrophe,'' Gov. Jose Izquierdo said.


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Tropical Storm Olga triggered floods and landslides on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola Wednesday, killing at least 13 people and forcing thousands to flee their homes, authorities said. One person also died in Puerto Rico.

Hardest hit was the northern province of Santiago in the Dominican Republic, where heavy rains forced authorities to release water from a near-capacity dam into the already swollen Yaque river. The provincial governor said at least seven towns were completely flooded.

People complained on local radio that they were not warned of the water release from the dam, and officials acknowledged it might have caused some of the 10 deaths reported in the province.

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