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Guyana relief operation

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WEEKLY NEWS 27/98
The Guyana Red Cross was in a race against time the weekend of 18-19 July to ensure that 1,500 Amerindian families in a drought-stricken region had tools and seeds in time for the upcoming planting season. Twenty trucks laden with 100 tonnes of relief material left for Lethem, in southern Guyana on 18 July. From there, the goods are being transported by truck and canoe to 15 remote regions. Food items such as rice, vegetable oil, salt, sugar, flour, beans, corned beef, fish and biscuits are being distributed, as well as vegetable and fruit seeds. Guyana Red Cross volunteers are distributing relief goods and also provide basic health education to the affected communities. "Our concern now is to ensure the success of the next planting season in these remote rain forest settlements" says Denis McClean, Federation head of the regional delegation in Jamaica.