SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- (AP) -- Dominican officials have
raised the number of confirmed deaths from Hurricane Georges to 283, but
criticized Senate claims that many more died.
The number of confirmed dead in the Dominican Republic had been reported
267. The increase announced Friday brings the storm's death toll in the Caribbean
to at least 446.
Officials in neighboring Haiti have confirmed 150 deaths.
The government on Friday attacked a Senate report that claimed deaths in
southern province of San Juan de la Maguana numbered ``no fewer than 1,000.''
Vice President Jaime David Fernandez Mirabal called the report politically
motivated, since the Senate is controlled by the opposition Dominican
Fernandez Mirabal said damage from last month's hurricane amounted to at
$700 million. About 100,000 Dominicans remain in shelters. Electricity and water
service remain out in most of the country.
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