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Historic Mabaruma Rubber Tree Comes Crashing Down

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10th of July, 2022. Region 1, Guyana, South America. GSA News

Last updated: July 10, 2022 at 17:29 pm

Residents of some sections of the Mabaruma township were temporarily left without electricity after a rubber tree collapsed during a period of heavy winds this morning. Luckily no one was injured.

The rubber trees, which are over one hundreds years old, have been a source of controversy. According to some residents, efforts were made to safely cut the trees down several months ago, but persons largely from outside their community demanded the preservation of the trees because of their historic association with the township in Region 1.

One resident told Action News that an assessment was conducted by the Guyana Forestry Commission which found the trees hollow inside, but work to cut the trees was still halted. She added, “it is a good thing it was not a weekday when persons, especially children are traversing the stretch. The trees need to be taken down because of their state they are posing a danger to persons and infrastructure.”

Several residents have since taken to social media to express their support for the trees to be cut down while some commentators have disagreed and indicated their preference for the trees to remain.

Source: Action News Guyana

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