Villages slowly vanish as Hispaniola lakes grow

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In this Sept. 5, 2012, a structure sits submerged in Lake Azuei seen near Jimani, Dominican Republic, near the border with Haiti. The waters' rise has worsened exponentially in recent years, especially after heavy rains in 2007 and 2008 hit the island of Hispaniola. Tropical Storm Isaac dumped more water on the region last month, sparking more damage. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)No one thought much about it when the largest lake in the Caribbean began rising in a year of heavy rains. But then it never stopped.