Regional authorities assessing Mahdia flash floods
Flooding in Mahdia, Region 8. [Daniel Fraser photos]
Flooding in Mahdia, Region 8. [Daniel Fraser photos]

THE regional authorities are assessing the aftermath of Friday’s flash floods at low-lying areas at Mahdia in Region Eight as weather conditions have improved in the area over the weekend.

On Friday, several inches of rainfall, which started the night before resulted in flooding of parts of Mahdia. Regional Chairman, Bonaventure Fredericks, told Guyana Chronicle on Sunday that the “valley” area which was the most-affected area was being examined.

He said the situation is back to normal as regards the movement of traffic into Mahdia. Sunny conditions prevailed on Sunday.

Road traffic was hampered on Friday after sections of the roadway washed-away under the flood waters. Fredericks said contractors who are working on the roadway were effective in ensuring the road was fixed for traffic to resume Friday afternoon.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, noted during a post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday morning that government is examining the situation and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) was expected to provide a report on the situation.

He said the CDC has prepositioned supplies to areas such as Mahdia and Orinduik in the event of flood situations.

Minister Harmon noted that the CDC and the Guyana Peoples Militia (GPM) are currently engaged in responder training, where persons in the communities are provided with training to respond “very quickly” to emergency situations.

He said the CDC is engaged in the programme throughout the country, in all 10 administrative regions.


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