Passé Reine Part of Haiti's Biggest Department, Artibonite

Passé Reine is a town, which situates itself within Artibonite Department, the biggest department in Haiti. It is a rural area that produces rice as its main crop. One of the important resources of Passé Reine and the whole of Artibonite Department is the Artibonite River, the longest and most vital water resource on Hispaniola. It functions as an international boundary line between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Artibonite River is home to the Peligre Hydroelectrical Dam, which generates Hispaniola's hydroelectrical supply. An important source of drinking water, it became dangerous to use the water for that purpose when a cholera epidemic broke out in Hait after the 2010 earthquake.

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Passé Reine Rebounds from Economic Slump

Passé Reine is surrounded by 20 lesser metro, suburb, and rural areas that lie within a three-mile radius. Larger metro areas lie further out from 68 to over 1,000 miles, and there are dozens of them. The town has access to a major medical facility, the Albert Schweitzer Hospital of Haiti in Deschapelles.

Passé Reine, being in the Artibonite Department, has suffered civil unrest, most recently in February 2004. The Department wanted to break apart from the rest of the country, but failed in the attempt. As a result, Passé Reine suffered an economic decline, but rebounded after President Rene Garcia Preval took office.

Five arrondissements make up the Artibonite Department: Dessalines, Gonaives, Gros-Morne, Marmalade, and Saint-Marc. Each of them contains anywhere from two to four communes, of which Passé Reine is one.

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