Mon, Jan 13, 2014 - Page 7 News List

Hispaniola’s rising lakes swallow land

HORROR MOVIE:Two lakes on the island started growing rapidly a decade ago, puzzling scientists and disheartening locals who have lost their homes and farms

NY Times News Service, LAGO ENRIQUILLO, Dominican Republic

Local residents are skeptical that the government will follow through and they question whether the soil will be as good as the parcels near the lake that drew generations of farmers in the first place.

Olgo Fernandez, director of the country’s hydraulic resources institute, waved off the criticism and said the government had carefully planned the new community and plots to ensure the area remains an agriculture hotbed.

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