Swelling Lake Erases Haiti-Dominican Border



The swelling Sumatre (Azuei Lake) has erased the line dividing Haiti and Dominican Republic, as their waters submerged the marker pyramids built along the border points between the two nations, with only number 239 still visible.

The lake also threatens the villages “La 39 and La 40”, two communities of Haitians in Dominican territory, where inhabitants live off the sale of the charcoal they take to Haitian territory aboard sailboats.

The swelling of Azuei’s 115 square kilometers has also destroyed plantations of Dominican farmers and threatens to spread to communities as far away as Tierra Nueva.

Since last year its waters had washed out the highway which links the town Jimaní with Haitian territory, which prompted the Dominican government, with the support by local businesses, to raise the highway nearly two meters. Across the border the Haitian authorities did the same.

But the lake still grows and has submerged the Customs, Immigration, Agriculture Ministry and the offices of other Dominican government agencies.
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Read more: http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/economy/2011/9/26/41060/Swelling-lake-erases-Haiti-Dominican-border

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