Monday, January 31, 2005
In Guyana, more than fifty pumps are working around the clock to drain the flooded lands on the countrys East Coast. Authorities promised that without rain the water could be pumped out within a week.
Thousands of people have already been treated for water borne diseases, many have lost almost everything they had and others have been displaced.
Major efforts are now being focused on what needs to be done in the medium and long term to mitigate the effects of what is being called "the worst disaster ever to hit Guyana".