CATHALAC publishes analysis of floodings in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Flooding caused by the expansion of the lakes
Credit: CATHALAC

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office CATHALAC (Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean) conducted a satellite-based analysis of floodings caused by the lakes Azuei in Haiti and Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic. As indicated recently by the Associated Press (AP), the expansion of these lake has caused flooding of neighboring farmland, and consequently, significant damage in both countries

CATHALAC's satellite-based analysis indicate that the area of Lake Azuei has expanded by some 14.4%, to 13,369 hectares, while Lake Enriquillo has expanded by some 62.2%, to 33,280 hectares. This analysis is based on Landsat-7 imagery captured on August 31, 2012. Nevertheless, the MODIS / Terra image captured this morning indicates that the areas remain flooded. CATHALAC will continue monitoring the situation.