Masacre River Flood breaches dam, disrupts operations at Haitian canal

Dajabón.- Heavy rains in the upper part of Dajabón province have led to the flooding of Masacre River. This has caused disruptions in the construction of a canal in Juana Méndez, Haiti. The floodwaters have entered the area where the canal dam was planned to be built.

Despite opposition and the Dominican Government’s efforts to halt the construction of the canal, which aims to divert the waters of Masacre River, Haitian authorities have continued the project.

To enforce the stoppage and prevent the export of construction materials from the Dominican Republic for the canal’s construction, President Luis Abinader has ordered the closure of border crossings with Haiti. He has also prohibited the export of construction materials to the neighboring nation.

According to Dominican authorities, the construction of the canal violates various agreements, including the Treaty of Peace and Perpetual Friendship and Arbitration of 1929, the Border Agreement of 1935, and the Border Review Protocol of 1936.

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