CDC prepared to mobilise assistance to flood-affected areas
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THE Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has announced that it is prepared to mobilise assistance to flood-affected areas, after receiving reports of inundation along the coastland of Guyana due to heavy rainfall.

“Thus far, confirmed inundation has occurred in Regions Two, Three and Four,” the CDC reported on Thursday.

The Charity Squatting Area in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), according to the Commission, has declared that floodwaters have risen to at least one inch due to heavy rainfall. However, the trenches and drains have since been cleared, and there is continuous monitoring of all operational sluices and pumps by the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).

In Region Three (Essequibo Islands- West Demerara), Crane Phases One and Two have been heavily impacted by flooding, with residents reporting that water levels have risen to at least four inches in some places. Canal Numbers One and Two have also been affected by at least two inches of water on farmlands, and one inch of water on low-lying house lots.

“The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) is working assiduously to clear all drains and waterways, so as to facilitate water run-off,” the CDC said.

Further, the Commission related that several areas in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) have been impacted over the last few days, but reports indicate that floodwaters are receding consistently.

“Communities in Georgetown, the Eastern Bank of the Demerara River and the Eastern Coast of Demerara have been inundated, but the close monitoring of the pumps and kokers has alleviated the situation somewhat,” the CDC said.

The National Task Force on Flood Monitoring is engaging all relevant stakeholders, and, through the CDC, it is prepared to mobilise assistance to any part of the nation.

Persons are encouraged to remain vigilant and cautious during this period, and to report any impacts to local authorities or the National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on 600-7500 or 226-1114 at any time.

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