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Severe flooding hits Guyana after heavy rains

November 20, 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Heavy rains have flooded thousands of homes in the South American country of Guyana and forced the closure of schools and businesses in the capital, officials said Thursday.

More than 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain fell on the capital of Georgetown in less than 24 hours, and more rain was predicted for the coming days, meteorologists said.

Many streets were impassable in Georgetown and there were widespread reports of flooding in the lower floors of buildings throughout the city. No deaths were reported.

The Education Ministry said schools throughout the capital region were closed Thursday.

Deputy City Mayor Patricia Chase-Green said there were also reports of flooding throughout the country, with up to 9 inches (23 centimeters) falling in a 12-hour period in the rice-growing region of Mahaica. Authorities said most of the year-end rice crop had already been harvested, so no significant losses were reported.

Guyana is particularly prone to dangerous flooding. The coastal plains of the South American country are protected by a system of canals and drains and sea walls.

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