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Disaster Masacre River is Beyond the Scope of the Dominican Authorities
Dominican Republic, 7/17/2015

The extraction of materials in Masacre River, especially in the East, is beyond the scope of the Dominican authorities. According to José Alarcón Mella, Vice Minister of Land and Water, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the Masacre River is being subject to destruction by some Dominican and Haitian nationals, who extract materials and transferred them in buckets and wheelbarrows to the neighboring country.

Alarcón Mella said that, under the binational development project of the Artibonite River Basin, the Dominican authorities have informed the Haitian situation, but they have been limited to only hear without taking any further action.

In turn he informs that, despite the practice involving some Dominicans, the people on the Haitian side abuses. The issue is very complex, since on the Dominican side the Ministry of Environment has not given any authorization for any company to remove materials from the Masacre River

Yesterday, the newspaper El Caribe reported that last Friday, June 26 at least eight dump trucks and cargo, and about a dozen three-wheel motors were being loaded with sand from the east of the Masacre River, which in the Dajabón province serves as border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The extraction of sand and aggregates was performed in the presence of military and Dominican officials.

Alarcón Mella said situations such as the Masacre River also occurred in Laguna Saladilla, between Dajabón and Montecristi.


Topic(s):    Soil and water