Over 45 farms affected, animals die as Region 9 battles flood

Regional Executive Officer of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) Karl Singh on Friday said that the region is currently battling severe flooding following three consecutive days of heavy downpour.

Some of the flooded areas in Sand Creek and Shea Village, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) (Jason Caitan photos)

In a brief interview, the REO noted that at least 48 farms were inundated and several animals have died as a result of the stormy weather.
Two of the main affected communities are Sand Creek and Shea Village.
When contacted, Toshao of Shea Village, Jason Caitan explained that on Wednesday morning, residents discovered seven sheep dead. He explained that due to the heavy rains, several sheep sought shelter under a structure which collapsed during the thunderstorm.
Approximately 12 sheep were rescued but some were injured. Reports are that several households are flooded while some persons are stranded and unable to return home since some roadways have become impassable.
The REO noted that Central Government has since sent food hampers to the area to assist villagers.