October 30, 2000

Four drown as torrential rain swells rivers in Dominican Republic

                  SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Four students drowned in a
                  river swollen by torrential rains that continued to pound the Dominican Republic
                  on Monday.

                  Two students still were missing Monday night.

                  The Civil Defense warned people living on river banks and canals to beware of
                  flooding as thunderstorms and showers continued Monday.

                  Over the weekend, the rains washed out baseball games and washed away a
                  concert stage built in the Massacre River on the northern border with Haiti for a

                  On Sunday, authorities said, several students celebrating a graduation were
                  swept away by swollen waters in the Fula River, 55 miles (90 kilometers) north
                  of Santo Domingo, the capital.

                  The bodies of two were found later Sunday nearly four miles (six kilometers)
                  down river. Another two bodies were discovered Monday. Rescuers including
                  firefighters, police and civil defense officers managed to save four students from
                  the river but searched in vain for two who remained missing.

                  Copyright 2000 The Associated Press.