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Dominican Republic’s main river languishes under trash

Santiago.- Dominican Republic´s most important and longest river Yaque del Norte agonizes from the thousands of tons of industrial waste, chemicals and butcher scraps dumped on its banks in Santiago daily, while authorities fail to protect waters, the main source for the fertile Cibao region.

Representatives from various sectors have complained about the pollution devastating the “Sleepy Yaque” in recent days, and called on the mayor and the Environment Ministry to put a stop to the situation they affirm has been the result of neglect.

Rafael Collado, head of La Herradura neighborhood board, called on president Danilo Medina to make one of his famous “surprise visits” to the polluters of the Yaque river.

Quoted by, Collado also asked Medina to tour the area around the river “and verify to which degree the water source has been abandoned.”

Moreover, Nelson Lovera, another community leader and spokesman for the Dominican Students Federation (FED) based in Santiago´s UASD University campus accused local authorities of failing to propose any plan to recover the Yaque.

In that regard, ISA University director Benito Ferreira called on all of Santiago´s institutions join to join the effort to carry out the cleanup of the Yaque, whose 196 kilometers-long course spans the Central Mountains to Montecristi (northwest).

Source: DT

Jan 28, 2016

Category: DR News |

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