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UN Calls for $3 Million in Flood Aid for Guyana

The United Nations is appealing for $3 million in emergency aid for Guyana, which has been hit hard by recent floods.

Three weeks after the floods struck, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland says the water has been slow to recede. Between 80,000 and 90,000 people still have water in their homes, while some areas remain under more than a meter of water.

He said the spread of disease remains a threat.

Mr. Egeland said the emergency in the South American nation may have gone unnoticed by the rest of the world, overshadowed by December's South Asian tsunami.