Guyana

Drought in Guyana draws international response

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About 15,000 indigenous people in Guyana are facing food and water shortages, and about 2,500 rice and sugar farmers are in need of relief assistance because of a severe drought that is being blamed on El Niño. UNDP has allocated $65,000 for drought assessment and mitigation. It is also assisting fund-raising efforts. The Governments of Canada and Norway have pledged a total of $220,000; the UN system has so far allocated $95,000. The World Food Programme is mobilizing food aid for affected areas.