Category Archives: Drainage-Irrigation

“The Punt Trench” – Poem by Guyanese-Canadian Author Ken Puddicombe

Punts to be loaded with cut sugar cane – Sugar Estate in Guyana

My Poetry Corner August 2020 features the poem “The Punt Trench” from the first poetry collection, Unfathomable And Other Poems (2020), by Guyanese-Canadian author Ken Puddicombe. Since retiring from his accounting work, Puddicombe has been pursuing his love of writing. To date, he has published two novels and a short story collection.


Guyana Gov’t to establish committee to look at protecting Georgetown against floods

City Hall – Georgetown

Government plans to give serious attention to protecting Guyana’s capital city, Georgetown, from rising sea levels by establishing an inter-ministerial committee to look at developing a plan to address the issue.

This announcement was made by Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Nigel Dharamlall who said that it is the view and mandate of the new government that they will have to work towards protecting Georgetown from floods.      Continue reading

CHINA: Flood No. 3 forms on the Yangtze River; Three Gorges Dam Failure Simulation | China flood

CHINA: Flood No. 3 forms on the Yangtze River; Three Gorges Dam Failure Simulation | China flood

Excerpt from video

In the coming week from July 26-28, the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River basin will have heavy torrential rainfall; From July 29 to August 1, there is moderate to heavy rainfall in the western upper reaches of the Yangtze River. It is still unknown whether the Three Gorges Dam will be able to withstand another round of flooding. Nevertheless, we hope that the Dam will hold for the safety of the people downstream.  Continue reading

Guyana: Arsonists burn GECOM office in Wismar; also fire at CID at Anna Regina and GDF building

Arsonists burn GECOM office in Wismar

GECOM – Wismar office building burns

Police suspect that arsonists burnt down the Region 10 office of the Guyana Elections Commission, located at Wismar, early Tuesday morning.

Investigators say they were told by a security guard, who was at the front of the rented building at First Alley, that at about 1:55 AM, she heard an explosion at the back of the building.              Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Will the West Lose Guyana to the Chinese? – Ian McCredie | Fair Observer

By investing in Guyana’s oil industry, the Chinese are taking a longer, multi-generational view.

Ian McCredie | Fair Observer

Guyana, home to just 750,000 people, is about to leap from one of the poorest to one of the richest countries in the world. The financial predators are circling, led by the Chinese. Guyana‘s inexperience, incompetence and lack of Western interest will hand the Chinese a valuable prey.

Oil discoveries off the coast of Guyana are on course to produce about 1 million barrels per day of oil for 30 years. If oil fetches just $50 per barrel, this equates to nearly $500 billion. Guyana’s share of this will be approximately $300 billion; the other $200 billion will go to the Exxon-controlled consortium. The amounts are conservative estimates: New oil discoveries keep coming. Exxon and its partners, Hess and Nexen (the latter owned by the Chinese), landed a very sweet deal.       Continue reading

GUYANA: Sea defence needs G$14b in urgent repairs over next three years – Patterson

November 28, 2019- DPI Guyana.
Patterson said that the significance of the financial undertaking required must be considered in light of the fact that  ministry’s usual yearly allocation for sea defence work is G$2 billion.    Continue reading

Climate change report: Guyana has to safeguard against increased flooding

Climate change report highlights need for Guyana to safeguard against increased flooding

Climate change report highlights need for Guyana to safeguard against increased flooding

With its coastline being below sea level, Guyana remains highly vulnerable to climate change and the consequent trend in sea level rise.

A five-year report on the effects of climate change by a group of concerned scientists has therefore highlighted defence mechanisms to help Guyanese cope with increased flooding, which will result from rises in sea levels due to global warming.            Continue reading

Guyana: Severe flooding in some West Demerara communities – Updated with video

– as high tides continue to batter coast

Waves crashing over the seawall at Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara yesterday. (Shamar Meusa photo)
Waves crashing over the seawall at Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara yesterday (September 29, 2019)…  (Shamar Meusa photo)

Spring tides continued to batter sea defences across the coast yesterday with flooding reported in almost every coastal region as the authorities scrambled to respond with hundreds of persons at risk.  Flooding was also reported in Georgetown,especially around the Stabroek Market area. Continue reading

Guyana: Feasibility study on seawall rehabilitation – Kingston to Ogle – moving ahead

Section of the seawall at Kingston

The rehabilitation and reconstruction of the seawall from Kingston to Ogle is progressing; as the government moves a step further with the feasibility study and design.

Senior Engineer within the Sea and Rivers Department of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Maitland Stewart told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that Mott MacDonald UK, the company tasked with completing the feasibility study and designs, took a look at the area that spans 7.5km. Continue reading

The view from Europe: Climate science and the Caribbean reaction – By David Jessop

Caribbean News Now
David Jessop is a consultant to the Caribbean Council and can be contacted Previous columns can be found at

In the last few days new evidence has been published suggesting that scientists are now 99 percent certain that human activity is causing global warming.

As if to validate this, temperatures in parts of Northern Europe spiked this week at 44.9 C (113F), breaking records and confirming changing patterns that have brought extreme weather and higher temperatures often for sustained periods to regions of Africa, the Americas, the Arctic and many other parts of the world.    Continue reading