Death toll rising in Dominica as 'Erika' nears Hispaniola

Death toll rising in Dominica as 'Erika' nears Hispaniola

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - The death toll from Tropical Storm Erika is rising on the Caribbean island of Dominica as the system bears down on the Dominican Republic.

Dominica Police Chief Daniel Carbon says additional bodies have been recovered from mudslide areas in the southeast of the island. Previously officials said four people had died during the storm and about 20 were missing.

Carbon won't say how many additional bodies have been recovered. He predicted Friday that it would take at least another 24 hours.

Tropical Storm Erika was bearing down on the Dominican Republic and heading northwest.

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