Centre (department)

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For the defunct department of Ivory Coast, see Centre Department (Ivory Coast).
Centre
Sant
Department
Centre in Haiti
Centre in Haiti
Country Haiti
Capital Hinche
Government
 • Type Departmental Council
Area
 • Department 3,487.41 km2 (1,346.50 sq mi)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Department 746,236
 • Density 210/km2 (550/sq mi)
 • Urban 151,488
 • Rural 594,748
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
ISO 3166 code HT-CE

Centre (Haitian Creole: Sant) is one of the ten departments (French: départements) of Haiti, located in the center of the country along the border with the Dominican Republic. As of 2015, its estimated population was 746,236.[2] Its capital is Hinche. It borders the Dominican Republic to the east and is the only landlocked department in Haiti.

Geography[edit]

Centre is the only department without access to the sea, but is nevertheless affected by soil erosion as a result of deforestation. In 2004, the floods caused by Hurricane Jeanne resulted in hundreds of deaths, focused in Centre and Artibonite Departments.

It contains the second largest lake in Haiti Lake Peligre, which was created as a result of the construction of the Peligre Hydroelectric Dam on the Artibonite River during the 1950s. It is the largest hydroelectric dam in the Caribbean.

Historical places[edit]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Centre department is divided into four arrondissements and twelve communes:

References[edit]

Coordinates: 19°09′00″N 72°01′00″W / 19.15°N 72.0167°W / 19.15; -72.0167