Another shipment of aid to Guyana left BrasÀlia today for the Guyanese capital, Georgetown, on a Brazilian Air Force plane loaded with eight tons of water and eight tons of medicine.
The aid is in response to a request made by the Embassy of Guyana to the Brazilian government after heavy rains struck the country last week, causing extensive flooding.
“The medicines that were sent come from the Ministry of Health’s stock, and the water was donated by Ambev (the beverage company),” explained Colonel Romero Zanota, press secretary of the President Cabinet of Institutional Security.
According to Zanota, the Embassy of Guyana informed that many people have been forced to leave their homes and that the first signs of cholera are appearing.
Brazil sent its first aid shipment last January 20. That shipment consisted of 16 tons of food and medicines that were ready to be sent to Asia and were redirected to deal with the emergency situation in Guyana.
Translation: David Silberstein