Mining badly hit by rains
Stabroek News
May 27, 2004

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As a result of the current rainfall, mining areas have been hit by floods forcing the stoppage of many dredging operations.

Chief Mines Officer of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Jack Morgan, told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the wet weather has severely affected operations in the Mahdia/Potaro, lower Mazaruni and Cuyuni mining districts.

Floods according to Morgan have also hit other areas and miners have reported that the current rainfall is the highest ever visited upon their operations since the La Nina weather phenomenon several years ago.

Miners have been encouraged to dig pit latrines rather than use the bushes for disposal of faeces but the GGMC official is still concerned since flooding can lead to overflowing and pollution.

Though the hold-up will affect gold and diamond production Morgan said it presents operators with the opportunity to service their equipment and re-group.

The mines officer noted that there have been increased reports of malaria in Region One (Barima/Waini) and Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni).