Category Archives: Disasters

GUYANA: Early Morning Downpour Causes Flooding in Georgetown – June 17, 2021- video


An early morning downpour caused several parts of Georgetown to be flooded. Central government has again lamented the poor management of the drainage systems in the city.

Geopolitics of oil and water in Guyana: Part 1 – By Ivelaw Griffith

By Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith – OilNOW

In the first of this two-part series on Guyana’s current flood travails, I offer an analysis of the country’s geography and environmental circumstances against the backdrop of the country as a petro state. The second article will explore the impacts of the flooding, explore strategies for current and future governments to leverage oil revenues, aid recovery efforts, and mitigate future disasters.

Oil Blessings 

Mother Nature has been blessing Guyana effusively in recent years, with 19 offshore oil finds between May 2015 and April of this year by a three-member consortium of ExxonMobil, Hess Corporation, and China’s National Offshore Oil Corporation.    Continue reading

GUYANA: Weather Forecast: Above-normal rainfall to continue until August

Prime Minister, Brigadier (retired) Mark Phillips, made the disclosure while providing an update on the flooding situation to the National Assembly on Thursday.

“We will continue to experience above-normal rainfall between June to August 2021,” Phillips told the house.      Continue reading

GUYANA: VIDEO: Berbice River overflows – Heavy rains leave Kwakwani residents underwater


News Room Guyana  – June 6, 2021

Described as the worst flood to hit the Region 10 community of Kwakwani in years, residents share how they have been grappling with the still increasing floodwaters and their plans for returning to some normalcy, hopefully sooner rather than later.

BUSINESS: Why There are Now So Many Shortages — (It’s Not COVID)

BUSINESS: Why There are Now So Many Shortages —- (It’s Not COVID)

Wendover Productions – 3,366,478 views – Jun 1, 2021

GUYANA: Most Regions Remain Flooded; G$10B (app $US 45M) in funding planned to address flooding

Guyana Map showing Regions


Despite a respite in some areas, floodwater remained at significant levels in most of the country’s regions yesterday as authorities continued to mobilise help for victims.

Residential and farm lands along the riverine villages in regions 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are the worst affected and the respective Regional Chairs have concluded that these communities will face economic hardships in the coming months as the floods have decimated the livelihoods of many.

Continue reading

DRAINAGE: Flooding in Guyana- Editorial by Stabroek News

One would have thought that after the 2005 flood crisis our politicians might have learned a few basic lessons, but it seems that they are endowed with a unique capacity to forget the things they should remember. Following any large-scale flood all the right noises are made about what had not been done, what should have been done and what will now be done to prevent it from happening again.

And then everything is conveniently forgotten until it does happen again. So there should be no surprise that we are currently looking at inundations affecting all the regions, with the loss of livestock, property and crops which this inevitably involves.          Continue reading

Moray House Trust: Georgetown: The 1945 Fire and the Phoenix City – By Wayne Mc Watt- 5th June. 2021- 5PM Guy; NY; Toronto 10PM UK  

The 1945 Fire.png
This is the third in a series of illustrated talks about Georgetown by Wayne Mc Watt, who curates the Wooden Architecture (Guyana) Heritage Group on Facebook. The theme for the series is Re-imagining Georgetown: a reflection on the past built environment in the city.
Title:         The 1945 Fire & the Phoenix City
 Wayne Mc Watt
Date:         Saturday 5th June, 2021
Time:        5PM Guy, NY, Toronto 10PM UK

GUYANA: Heavy Rains Cause Severe Flooding in Several Regions

HISTORY: The Haitian Revolution: Drama, Impact and legacy on the Caribbean and Americas – – By Nigel Westmaas 

Toussaint Louverture
Toussaint Louverture
“Haiti has repeatedly been punished for its original sin of racial insurgency”
  • Johnhenry Gonzalez, Maroon Nation: A History of Revolutionary Haiti

Haiti’s revolutionary history and the real sources of its perennial failure as a nation state in modern times has too often been denied, sanitized or ignored in general narratives about the country and society. More people are now challenging the pathology about Haiti, that is, the notion that Haiti is poor because it is poor, an impression completely unmoored from Haiti’s significant challenge to the global world system and the penalties that derived from that incipient bravery of declaring a free and independent black republic.

Toussaint Louverture              Continue reading