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Guyana: Dutch to help improve drainage system amid flooding

July 25, 2015

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana says the Netherlands has offered to help improve the South American country’s drainage system amid bouts of heavy flooding.

Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said Saturday that Dutch officials will send a technical team to study the drainage system and recommend improvements.

Guyana is a former Dutch colony.

Heavy rains in Guyana last week knocked private radio and TV stations off air and forced the main public university to cancel classes. The government also turned public buildings into emergency shelters.

Flooding is a recurring problem because the capital of Georgetown and nearby areas are up to six feet below sea level.

The Dutch designed Guyana’s drainage system some 400 years ago. It is a complex network of canals and drains that lead to floodgates in the Atlantic Ocean.

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