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Mangrove trees have now become a Zika mosquito headache for coastal village residents

Guyana Guardian photo of a section of the mangrove trees and associated vegetation that have become a mosquito and wildlife haven, much to the annoyance of residents of the Nabaclis/ Golden Grove area, on the East Coast of Demerara, GuyanaGuyana Guardian photo of a section of the mangrove trees and associated vegetation that have become a mosquito and wildlife haven, much to the annoyance of residents of the Nabaclis/ Golden Grove area, on the East Coast of Demerara, Guyana

Nabaclis ECD, Guyana; – The mangrove trees that many had rushed to replant based upon the previous government’s call to protect the coastline, has now turned out to be a proverbial “sweet at mouth, and bitter at ass” experience for coastal residents.
From alligator infestations to harboring intolerable swarms of bees and mosquitoes, these very mangrove trees have been sending their planters and other residents periodically to the hospital for various mosquito related ailments, possibly including the Zika virus.
With trees now sprouting to as much as thirty feet high in some areas, persons residing within the Golden Grove/ Nabaclis communities seems to be among the worst affected; with many likening their plight to a permanent outing in the Amazon jungle.
Checks by the Guyana Guardian to investigate the residents’ concerns has revealed that the mangrove trees have naturally expanded to an area of about four square kilometers of the north coastal one, which now harbors an array of wild life, along with other flora and fauna that are generally not friendly to human co-habitation.

A dense swampland and a one kilometer lake with all forms of marine life that are common in the shallow sea was also found to be basically sitting in the centre of the mangrove swampland, which was once a rice field.

Though the mangroves were originally planted mostly by the residents themselves as part of a government drive to protect the coastline, they can still face prosecution if they decide to cut or control the growth of the trees that are now strangling the northern side of their villages.

While a smaller section of residents from the mosquito infected communities have supported the idea of letting the trees and the surrounding life-forms be untroubled for transformation into a potential marine field research zone, most of the others have however told this publication that they simply wants the authorities to restore their communities to the non-infested state that it was in before the excessive mangrove overgrowth.

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