Dredging of rivers ongoing, pumps & excavators deployed to reduce flooding

The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) is currently working to relieve flooding in affected regions, according to a statement from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).

Presenting an update to the National Taskforce on Flooding during a virtual meeting on Monday evening, Minister of Agriculture Zulfikar Mustapha said that Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five) and Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two) are the significantly impacted areas along the coastland.

He went on to explain that about 70% of the water from Huntley to Abary in Region Five has receded due to consistent drainage and cleaning operations. Excavators and pumps have been deployed throughout the impacted communities and the Minister said that he is comfortable with the progress.

In Region Two, the dredging of a few rivers, including the Pomeroon River, is high on the agenda so as to alleviate future inundations. Resources have been mobilised in that region so that relief works can begin as soon as possible.

In Region Nine which has also experienced severe flooding, Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal reported that works are also ongoing in Region Nine and that potable water is accessible once again to affected households.

He said that although the water level is still rising, the team on the ground has been working around the clock to ensure that people get the needed help.

At the moment there are three shelters in place in case persons need to be relocated. In addition, food items distribution will take place through the involvement of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).

The Taskforce is led by Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips.

The Prime Minister in the statement urges persons to ensure that they dispose of their garbage in the proper manner as drains and canals continue to be clogged with garbage.

The Taskforce is working through the Civil Defence Commission (CDC); the Ministry of Agriculture via the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) and the Hydrometeorological Service; the Ministry of Housing and Water; and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF)

Chief Meteorological Officer, Dr Garvin Cummings, in his report, indicated that Region Five had the most rainfall (five inches) from Sunday into Monday (24 hours).

He said that although the rainfall is expected to be less today, residents should continue to remain cautious.

The Taskforce, via the relevant agencies and Ministries, will monitor the developing situation continuously and provide updates as they are available. Persons are encouraged to remain vigilant and cautious during this rainy season and to report any impacts to local authorities or the National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on 600-7500 or 226-1114.