No homes directly impacted in Region 9 flooding – CDC
The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) on Monday said that it is closely monitoring the current seasonal flooding in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).
Guyana Times had recently reported that a number of villages in the region experienced extreme flooding due to heavy rainfall last week. Some affected areas are Sand Creek and Shea Village. It was reported that some 48 farms were affected and several animals died as a result of the stormy weather.
In a statement on the situation on Monday, the CDC said it is prepared to deploy resources and personnel to the region if assistance is required. The CDC said from its assessments so far, “no homes were directly impacted but sections of roads, bridges and savannahs have been inundated.”
According to the CDC, Guyana is currently experiencing the May-June rainy season which encompasses continuous rainfall as indicated by the National Weather Watch Centre.
As such, the CDC is urging the regional authorities of Region Nine along with the other Administrative Regions across Guyana to stay alert and be prepared with their regional disaster preparedness and response plans.
Residents are also encouraged to store as much clean water as they can, food, health and hygiene supplies and are also encouraged to avoid flood waters and inundated areas; and observe weather patterns of at-risk areas.
Persons can contact the CDC’s National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on 600-7500, 226-1027 and 226-1114 or they can send a message on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.