Senado aprueba estado de emergencia en 12 provincias afectadas por Fiona

Senate approves state of emergency in 12 provinces affected by Fiona

SANTO DOMINGO.- The Senate of the Republic approved this Wednesday the Resolution that authorizes the President of the Republic to declare a state of emergency for 45 days in 12 provinces that were affected by Hurricane Fiona.

These are the provinces of La Altagracia, La Romana, San Pedro de Macorís, Santo Domingo, El Seíbo, Hato Mayor, Monte Plata, Duarte, La Vega, Santiago, Samaná and María Trinidad Sánchez.

The initiative had 27 votes in favor of the legislators present at the session this Wednesday. The resolution will be monitored by a Bicameral Commission.

We recommend: Deputies approve a state of emergency for 45 days in 12 provinces affected by Fiona

The proposal, which was submitted by the Executive Power, was previously approved in the Chamber of Deputies.

In the request sent by President Luis Abinader on September 23 to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, the President argued that the effects left by Hurricane Fiona deserve extraordinary measures.

The initiative approved in a single reading establishes that the affected people urgently need immediate attention to mitigate the level of growing vulnerability that endangers the safety, health, food and integrity of families, whose homes were destroyed, lost their belongings and Livelihoods.

The resolution also provides that the President of the Republic report to the National Congress fortnightly on the measures adopted by the Government to face the ravages and consequences of Hurricane Fiona, while the state of emergency remains.

Hurricane Fiona passed through the country as category one and caused damages that exceed 20,000 million pesos, according to President Luis Abinader, who also reported that the sector most affected by this natural phenomenon was agriculture.

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