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Media advisory: Oxfam spokespeople on impact of Hurricane Maria in the Dominican Republic

21st Sep 2017

Spokespeople available in English, French and Spanish.

Oxfam is prepared to respond as Hurricane Maria hits the Dominican Republic. Much of the country is flooded after the recent heavy rains caused by Hurricanes Irma and José.

Raúl del Río, Oxfam Director in the Dominican Republic, said: "We are monitoring the effects of Hurricane Maria now. Oxfam staff and partner organisations are prepared to support any response that the Dominican government organises."

More flooding has put the most vulnerable people even more at risk, especially those living near rivers or in areas prone to landslides.

Oxfam will focus on water, sanitation and hygiene. We are also concerned about the risk of cholera, dengue and the zika virus.

ENDS

Press Contact:
Sarah Dransfield on +44 (0)7884 114825
Alejandra Aguilar Decena in the Dominican Republic on + 1 829 679 2806 | skype: aleagui3 | aaguilar@oxfamintermon.org