Dominican Republic restores trade with cholera-stricken Haiti

13:02, October 27, 2010      

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The Dominican Republic restored trade with neighboring Haiti after suspending it as precaution for the cholera outbreak in Haiti, Health Minister Bautista Rojas Gomez said Tuesday.

On Monday, there were violent protests at the border as a binational market was closed by the Dominican Republic, which prompted the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces to monitor the situation.

The market was closed to keep cholera from spreading into the Dominican Republic, as the epidemic has already killed more than 300 people in Haiti during the last days, Rojas said.

However, Rojas said that from now on bilateral trade will be resumed in a controlled way, with restrictions on some products coming from Haiti.

The Dominican Republic also prohibits people from crossing the Massacre River between both countries, only allowing access via bridges.

Rojas also said his country has sent three tons of chlorine to Haiti in order to cope with the sanitary emergency.

Source: Xinhua


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