Guyana – Land of many waters is reporting drought

Guyana National Flag 


Guyana Water Incorporated has had to deliver water to thousand of families living in the remote South American jungle communities during the worsening drought period.  Cabinet secretary Roger stated that wells and small creeks have dried up around the Amerindian communities located near the border of Brazil and Venezuela.

Youths of the Amerindian community dance for Presiden Jadgeo


Guyana usually have like most Caribbean countries two (2) seasons rainfall and dry, that occurs twice as year each, whereas the most southern parts of the island have one period of rainfall. With their main sources of water being rainfall, ground water, rivers and creeks, conservation and storage in irrigation canals.

This is not the first time Guyana has experience such a phenomena the most severe drought experienced in Guyana’s history took place in 1997-1998 El Nino event, rainfall was 50% – 85% below normal across the country, where the President declared a state of national emergency since the drought that occurred resulted in 80% of the population adversely affecting the economy especially causing damages to agriculture production, water systems and forest.

The Doppler Radar (Ministry of Agriculture photo)

Guyana’s $550 million Doppler Radar facility at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport


As a result of the 1997-1998 El Nino the Government of Guyana implemented a number of initiatives which included 9 synoptic stations, 150 rainfall stations, 5 climate stations, 10 automatic weather stations, 40 hydro-logical stations and one Doppler weather radar monitoring station.

The present drought is of great concern from a public health and agricultural perspective since it brings about cholera, dengue, death of animals and destruction of crops by pest that survive in dry conditions. Kozloff, 2010 states that many countries especially poor ones will spend billions to manage additional cost to health services as a result of climate change that seem to be causing these unrepresented dry spells at least according to scientists.


Kozloff, N; 2010.No rain in the Amazon. (Book) Palgrave Macmillan. New York.


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