Category Archives: Drainage-Irrigation

GUYANA: Georgetown: Several parts of city flooded after heavy rain – UPDATED

-taskforce on alert

A section of Subryanville
A section of Subryanville

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) today said it has received reports that several locations in and around Georgetown are flooded.

As a result, the National Flood Taskforce, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), the Hydrometeorological Office, relevant Ministries, City Engineers and the Mayor’s Office, all Regional Executive Officers and the CDC are on high alert and are closely monitoring the situation, a CDC release said.      Continue reading

Guyana: Victoria farmers to benefit from emergency drainage works after years of neglect

– works scheduled to commence in next 3-5 days

Victoria Village is located on the Atlantic coast of Guyana, 29 kilometres east of Georgetown and bordered by Cove and John to the west and Belfield to the east. It was the FIRST VILLAGE IN BRITISH GUIANA (GUYANA), to be bought by the combined resources of Africans who had recently won their freedom from slavery. Wikipedia

Dec 25, 2021 – Kaieteur News – Farmers from Victoria Village, a farming community located on the East Coast of Demerara, will soon benefit from a number of much-needed drainage works following years of neglect and underdevelopment.

This is according to a release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture. It noted that during a meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Agriculture Minister, Zulfikar Mustapha told the farmers that most of their drainage woes will soon be behind them in the coming week as emergency works will commence within the next three to five days.      Continue reading

Guyana: Climate Change impacts could cost oil rich Guyana US$800M – Gov’t Report

— Govt. Report says over 300,000 citizens could be harmed

By Kiana Wilburg – Nov 25, 2021 – Kaieteur News – Since the 1960s, increases in temperature, sea level and extreme rainfall have exposed just how vulnerable Guyana is to climate change. This frightening global phenomenon has resulted in more than US$600M in losses. That figure could however see an alarming spike as two government reports predict that more climate woes of potentially catastrophic proportions lie ahead for the world’s latest oil exploration hotspot.

Some of the homes that were almost submerged during the May-June 2021 flooding.

 

According to the 2015 Climate Resilience Strategy and Action Plan for Guyana, climate change will no doubt alter the characteristics of hazards Guyana is exposed to (e.g. average annual rainfall) and the nature of variability (e.g. more intense storms, irregular seasonal rainfall), which will hamper the nation’s socio-economic development objectives.              Continue reading

Environment: Scientists Work to Solve Caribbean Sargassum Seaweed Mystery – By VOA

October 09, 2021 – by VOA

A tourist tosses sargassum into the air at Marlin Beach in Cancun, Mexico May 30, 2021. (REUTERS/Paola Chiomante)
A tourist tosses sargassum into the air at Marlin Beach in Cancun, Mexico May 30, 2021. (REUTERS/Paola Chiomante)

Ten years ago, scientists were shocked when a huge amount of seaweed appeared in tropical waters in the Atlantic Ocean. The area where it was found usually lacks the nutrients to feed such growth.

Years later, a group of U.S. researchers has identified one of the leading causes for the event: city and farm runoff carried by rivers to the ocean. This nutrient-charged outflow is just one of several likely suspects fueling an explosion of seaweed in warm waters of the Americas.          Continue reading

PROFILE: First Year of Rotary Club of Garden City Georgetown – by Francis Quamina Farrier

– by Francis Quamina Farrier

Founded a year ago in September 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic raged around Guyana and the rest of the world, a group of 33 patriotic Guyanese banded themselves together and founded the Rotary Club of Garden City – Georgetown.  Each individual member felt that their involvement could make a positive difference to the quality of life of their fellow Guyanese. As most citizens would agree, there is the need for many more individuals and groups who are focused on giving more of themselves to work for the genuine development of the Guyana society at large.

The important discipline of not littering or dumping garbage illegally, here, there and anywhere, is needed so much in Guyana at this time. While there are exemplary citizens who do the right things most of the time, there are just too many who lack the urge to extract the line from the country’s National Pledge which states in part, “To Love My fellow citizen.”      Continue reading

SEA DEFENCE: How The Dutch Reclaim Land and Build Sea Walls – 2 videos

The Sea Wall That Saved a Nation- Video #1

This 32-kilometre sea wall saved an entire country from flooding. Now it’s getting a super-sized upgrade. Discover how – https://bit.ly/2E5qFt4.   The project team are using 2020s technology to upgrade a 1920s sea wall – https://bit.ly/2E5qFt4 …Full story here – https://www.theb1m.com/video/the-sea-…

—   Video #2 Below:   

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Global food supplies will suffer as temperatures rise – climate crisis report

Politicians around world continue to respond to report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Wheat harvesting season in Ghaziabad, India. When heat and humidity is high, people cannot work safely in the fields.
Wheat harvesting season in Ghaziabad, India. When heat and humidity is high, people cannot work safely in the fields. Photograph: Pradeep Gaur/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock
— Tue 10 Aug 2021- THE GUARDIAN
Food production around the world will suffer as global heating reaches 1.5C, with serious effects on the food supply in the next two decades, scientists have warned, following the biggest scientific report yet on the climate crisis.

 

Rising temperatures will mean there will be more times of year when temperatures exceed what crops can stand, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its sixth assessment report published on Monday.

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USA: California Faces Extreme to Exceptional Drought…Yet Again – by Rosaliene Bacchus

New post on Three Worlds One Vision

I was so consumed with the COVID-19 pandemic that I paid no attention to the lack of rainfall in the early months of 2020 and 2021. To tell the truth, I enjoyed the dry winter months. I got to spend more time gardening. Cold and damp days kill the joy of being outdoors. Then, on May 10, California Governor Newsom grabbed my attention when he placed 41 counties, 30 percent of our state’s population, under a drought state of emergency.

READ MORE: http://rosalienebacchus.blog/2021/06/27/california-faces-extreme-to-exceptional-droughtyet-again/

GUYANA: OIL: Geopolitics of oil and water in Guyana: Part 2 – By Ivelaw Griffith

The Liza Destiny FPSO – Guyana’s first oil production vessel

By Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith – OilNOW – June 25, 2021

The first article discussed Guyana’s geography and environmental conditions against the backdrop of South America’s lone English-speaking petro state. I turn attention now to the nature and impact of the flooding and offer a few prescriptions to address the challenge.

Water, Water Everywhere

Guyana’s current aqua condition calls to mind the memorable line in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water, everywhere.” Heavy rains are expected in Guyana at this time of the year, part of the country’s May-June rainy season.        Continue reading

GUYANA: The Mayor of Georgetown – Central Government Will Not control City’s Drainage -Video

MAYOR SAYS GOVT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTROL CITY PUMPS AND SLUICES

HGPTV (Channel16 Cable67) – June 19, 2021

GUYANA: The Mayor of Georgetown Ubraj Narine is making it translucently clear that he will not allow\ government to seize control of the operations of the drainage pumps and sluices under his purview. These utterances come following a meeting on Thursday with the mayor and several government ministers. Amel Griffith reports.

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