MINISTER within the Ministry of Agriculture, Ali Baksh has stated that in light of the May-June rainfall being experienced in some parts of the country, the Ministry of Agriculture’s National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) has taken a number of measures aimed at mitigating the conditions. According to a Ministry of Agriculture media release, this is part of NDIA’s preparedness plan for the rainy season.
In areas on the Essequibo Coast, Region 2, a number of outfall channels are being desilted to allow for optimum drainage, and works have commenced in Devonshire Castle, Three Friends, Anna Regina, Lima, Hampton Court and Plantation Andrews.
According to the release, the CAT 320 CL and Doosan 225 DX Excavators are scheduled to commence excavation works in the following villages: JC3, Cullen, Annandale, Johanna Cecilia, Onderneeming, Riverstown, Vilvoorden, Hibernia, Dryshore, Sommerset and Redlock.
In the meantime, the NDIA will continue to monitor the situation carefully and make the necessary intervention to bring relief to farmers and residents in affected areas.
The release also stated that Guyana is bracing for the annual May/June rainy season, and already downpours have been pounding the coastland.
While there have been no major reports of flooding, there are reports of minor accumulation in Region 2 (Pomeroon/Supenaam), Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Region 5 (Mahaica-Berbice) and Region 6 (East Berbice-Corentyne).
There had been no official pronouncement up to press time from the Guyana Hydromet Office on the current rainfall situation.