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Gov’t calls for conservation as water supplies dwindle

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Georgetown (AP):

The government of Guyana is calling on residents to conserve water as officials warn that the drought-like conditions afflicting the South American country will likely persist into next year.

Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said yesterday that there is a 95 per cent chance the El Nino weather pattern will continue through the traditional mid-November rainy season and into 2016.

Officials are establishing a task force to execute a conservation plan and help farmers unable to irrigate their land as the country's main water reservoirs exhibit stress and backup drainage canals and lakes start to dry, he added.

The government earlier this month sent water tankers and food to indigenous communities near the border of Brazil and Venezuela after crops failed and community wells began to run dry.