SOLE distributor of Honda products in Guyana, Marics and Company Limited, on Friday last, donated $1 million towards the flooD-relief efforts of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).
The cheque was received by the CDC’s Deputy Director General, Major Loring Benons, at the company’s Lot 186-187 Charlotte Street, Georgetown location,
“It is timely, and it continues to show the support of corporate Guyana towards the flood-relief efforts. So on behalf of the people of Guyana, I want to say thank you to Marics and Company Limited, for this timely donation,” Major Benons said.
General Manager of Marics, Anand Kalladeen, said the company empathises with the residents currently affected by floodwaters.
Meanwhile, after the ceremony, Major Benons told reporters that flood-relief efforts are still in the initiation stages.
“We’re still packaging food and clothing hampers, and other relief supplies, in terms of water tanks and pots for the shelters, food supplies of course, for the various shelters across the country. We’re still in that mode.”
The Deputy Director also revealed that there was also host of international donors coming on board to assist in the efforts.
“….a container will be arriving from the US, with a number of cots, and that container should be able to be cleared by next Tuesday, according to the shipping company. So currently, we have a lot of support from the community and international donors,” Major Benons said.
With regards to the flood situation, he noted that some areas are still heavily inundated, while the water continues to rise in some regions.
“So we have teams that are currently out in the fields doing their assessment. And they will come out with the comprehensive report as to the effects of the flooding. Two teams are expected back out on Monday, and the other three teams by next Wednesday. Because there are people in the upper and lower [Mazaruni] areas,” he concluded.
The Detailed Disaster Sector Assessment teams, which will thoroughly assess the impact of the recent flooding on various sectors, commenced on schedule on Wednesday last, with teams from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) travelling to the regions.