High Alert: CDC monitoring heavy rainfall, flooding

…as national, regional Govt agencies respond

Amid several reports of communities inundated by floodwaters, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has assured that several Government agencies have been on high alert to respond and provide relief.
On Monday, it was reported that the National Flood Task Force, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), the Hydrometeorological Office, Government Ministries, City Engineers and the Mayor’s Office, and all Regional Executive Officers (REOs) were actively monitoring the situation.
Hours of rainfall were recorded in the early hours of Monday. Guyana Times observed that in the capital city, over one foot of water had accumulated in some areas, making it hazardous for vehicles and pedestrians to traverse. Over at Cuffy Square, Regent Street and its environs, Kitty and several zones, the water was yet to recede.

King Street covered in floodwaters

In Georgetown, all pumps were completely functional. Engineers will be monitoring them on a 24-hour basis and the NDIA has indicated that the sluices will be opened at intervals.
“Additionally, a team from the Commission will be conducting assessments around the capital city momentarily. The National Flood Task Force will monitor countrywide reports and weather patterns and will be ready to deploy resources and aid if necessary,” said the Commission.
In the event of flooding, persons are asked to stay out of the water and keep food items safe. Water-borne diseases can be contracted through contact with these waters. Direct contact with floodwaters can expose persons to several germs that can lead to any of these diseases. Guardians are also asked to keep children especially out of the water as they are most at risk of contracting diseases, and to avoid swimming in canals and trenches.
Protective gear should be used along with regular washing of feet after exiting the waters. If necessary, Vaseline or oil can be applied to form a barrier to protect from the dirty water.
Adding to that, standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes which spread Zika, dengue and chikungunya virus. Fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly with clean water to prevent contamination.

The Square of the Revolution after heavy rains

To protect against an electric shock, turn off the main electrical switch and unplug all appliances and move them to safe areas of the home. If electrical wiring damage has been suspected, turn off the main and have it checked by a qualified electrician before turning on back the power.
Residents are advised to remain vigilant and cautious, and to report any further impacts to local authorities or the National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on 600-7500 at any time. (G12)