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Dominican Republic: The waters are rising... and no one knows why

Tomorrow is market day, so today huge lorries, trucks and brightly painted tap taps (buses) are assembling at the Haitian-Dominican border at Mal Paso, outside Jimaní, their goods piled high in anticipation of making a profitable sale. The vendors have a problem, though. The area they use on the Haitian side of the border is now under water, while all that is left on the Dominican side is a minuscule patch barely larger than the  width of the road. Flood water laps against abandoned warehouses and covers some of the road, which has been reinforced and raised once already.