Water is Everywhere in Georgetown, Guyana – By Melinda Janki

Water is Everywhere in Georgetown, Guyana — Our Disrespect for it will Kill Us — By Melinda Janki

Melinda Janki

Water is ubiquitous in Georgetown. There is a drain outside every house, flowing towards a canal. Old photos show the beauty of the waterways that comprised the original drainage system for the city.

Guyana sits on what was once known as the “wild coast” of South America. The area was a dangerous swamp that struck terror in the hearts of European adventurers seeking the fabled city of El Dorado. Even Sir Walter Raleigh is rumoured to have come here in search of gold. The name “Guiana” is said to come from an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters”. Like many myths, it is charming but unsupported by evidence. Water is, however, a dominant motif of Guyana and certainly of Georgetown, the capital city. Water is also likely to end Georgetown’s existence before the 21st century comes to a close.


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  • Clyde Duncan  On March 6, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Eddie in the UK wrote:

    This is a very good article, studiously written, and analytically argued.

    A wake up call for those who are starry-eyed about Oil’s financial benefits, and the government’s approach to reconstruction.

  • wally n  On March 6, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Only Liberals……..”Water is also likely to end Georgetown’s existence before the 21st century comes to a close” good at pointing out problems, symbolism, lighting candles, leaving flowers, going home to bed.
    The garbage problems, are a population mindset usually solved by policing and penalties, usually, today other third world countries have turned to RDF (Refused Derived Fuel). these turn key operations also helps change the mindset.
    Since no one mentions the cost of the repair and rebuilding of the drainage system which by the way is going to be enormous, maybe it should be high up on the priority list when the oil money starts to flow.
    Anyone can zoom in to the problems of the country, more useful to suggest a few solutions, or end up sounding like the idiots in the U S and their NEW GREEN PLAN

  • Trevor  On March 9, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    “One of the hardest things to do is to stop Georgetown folk from killing snakes.”

    When one of those labaria or coral snakes bite you, you would have to beg the NHS in the UK to airlift you to London and get treated for snake venom poisoning.

    • Trevor  On March 9, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      “Along with two other companies Hess Exploration Guyana Ltd, a Cayman Islands company, and CNOOC Nexen Guyana Production Ltd, registered in Barbados, Esso has a licence to extract oil.”

      Ironic that the companies have “Guyana” as part of their trading name, yet are registered in tax evasive or offshore havens.

    • wally n  On March 9, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      HOLD ON put back the gun in the holster OK. Off Topic, during 9/11 “crisis” all US airlines had to stop flying, two sets of people were allowed to fly as emergencies, Ben Ladens and a Guyanese, for snake bite, sure people know who it was. So, we already got the experience.

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