Floods receding

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Water gushing out of the pumps at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara

With several pumps and kokers in full operation, heavy water accumulation in several East Coast Demerara villages caused by heavy rains over the past several days, are beginning to recede.
The twin pumps at Liliendaal were pouring out water when the Guyana Chronicle visited on Sunday. A worker on site said the pumps have been in operation since Saturday night.
Heavy downpours Friday night and Saturday morning caused flooding in a number of East Coast Demerara villages resulting in losses of cash crops and livestock.
The attendant at Liliendaal said the pumps have been operating without hiccups, pointing out that the entrance to the pumps are cleared every day as well as the canal that feeds directly into the pumps.

A yard in Buxton still under water on Sunday

Further along the East Coast, a number of communities including Better Hope, Success and Buxton were still inundated and the water has been draining but very slowly.
At the Friendship/ Buxton drainage pump, the manager noted that the kokers were open all day in an attempt to provide relief to the inundated communities.
Once the weather holds, he said, the water in the affected communities should recede fully by Wednesday.
High tide on Sunday afternoon forced pump and koker operators along the coast to close up shop but once the tide receded, these structures were back in operation.
The Guyana Chronicle also visited areas on the West and East Banks Demerara and noticed that accumulated water in most villages had receded. At Bagotville and La Grange, West Bank Demerara, the kokers were open and water was rushing out. Same was happening at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara.
On Saturday, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson led a team of engineers and government officials on a visit to the communities of Buxton, Vigilance and connecting East Coast Demerara villages to tackle the effects of the heavy rains that left many homes flooded.
Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder, who was also part of the team, provided critical updates on the works being undertaken by his Ministry, through the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA).
According to the Hydromet Department, over the next few days, cloudy to overcast conditions with isolated thunderstorms and intermittent rainfall are expected.
In addition, inland and coastal areas can expect 20 to 80 millimeters of rainfall. Citizens are urged to take precautions as the relevant authorities continue with their mitigation efforts.