Militares custodian represas en Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana’s government deployed soldiers to protect flood control gates and reservoirs Saturday after saboteurs set fire to drainage systems in coastal areas threatened by recent flooding, an official said.
The damage to two flood control sluices early Saturday triggered flooding in two eastern villages, said Robert Persaud, a spokesman for President Bharrat Jagdeo.
Persaud linked the acts to «apparent anger by residents in some villages about not yet getting flood relief from government.»
On Friday, about 1,000 protesters blocked the lone highway linking the South American country’s east and west, accusing the government of failing to control devastating floods and not providing relief for their losses.
Jagdeo on Friday promised to compensate residents in flood-hit areas and announced the opening of two more shelters.
Since December, flooding has covered thousands of acres in waist-deep water and displaced more than 5,000 people. More than 12,000 acres of rice paddies and other crops were lost, the state-run news agency reported. About 5,000 cattle have died.
A failure of the dam during the worst rains in a century flooded dozens of villages and parts of the capital last year, killing 35 people.

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