–ministers to visit affected areas; food and sanitation hampers to be distributed to residents
PRIME Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips, has said that the government will roll out various interventions to support communities affected by flooding.
During a virtual meeting with members of the National Taskforce on Flood Monitoring, the Prime Minister announced that the government will provide relief to all affected residents.
Recent rainfall, particularly over the last 96 hours, has affected many regions throughout Guyana.
Based on a comprehensive update provided by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), water is decreasing in certain areas but rising in others.
To this end, special attention will be paid to Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice), where many communities are flooded.
Region Seven has a high level of water as a result of the overtopping of the Cuyuni River, and Chenapau in Region Eight is enduring a similar outcome due to the overtopping of rivers there.
Reports from Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) indicate that over 180 households and 15 farms have been impacted by flooding.
Meanwhile, in Region 10, Rockstone and Speightland are also affected, while reports from Kwakwani indicate that the Berbice River is approximately two feet above the river bank, which has resulted in over 200 households being affected.
Parts of Region One, Region Three (Canal Number One and Two), Region Five and Region Six are also affected.
To alleviate the problems, the government, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) and regional bodies have been clearing drains and canals; repairing and maintaining pumps and kokers, and relocating livestock.
The Prime Minister bemoaned the flood situation in Georgetown and again spoke to the Mayor, Ubraj Narine, about the situation.
During the engagement, it was agreed that the government will work with the City Council to improve the management and monitoring of sluices and pumps.
In keeping with the Prime Minister’s directive, the Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha and the Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall will continue to render further assistance to the City Council in the forms of human resources (to improve monitoring of sluice gates) and fuel (to ensure all pumps are working).
Prime Minister Phillips also announced that from Wednesday, ministers of government will be visiting many other flood-affected areas.
Along with assessing the affected communities, the government through its respective agencies will deliver food hampers, sanitation hampers, purification tablets, and collapsible one-gallon bottles, while the Ministry of Health officials will be available to deal with any flood-related or water-borne disease.