Region 9 flooding: More than 130 residents relocate to 4 shelters

Prime Minister Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips on Wednesday visited several inundated areas in Region Nine (Upper Takutu—Upper Essequibo) to assess the situation.

Prime Minister Mark Phillips being briefed on the situation

A number of low-lying communities are presently inundated due to heavy rainfall and water run-off from neighbouring Brazil.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Civil Defence Commission (CDC) Director General (ag) Major Loring Benons, Lethem Mayor John Macedo, Town Clerk Keisha Vincent, and representatives of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and other Government agencies.

Areas under water in Region Nine

The visiting officials met with regional, municipal and community leaders upon arrival, and were briefed on the current status of households, farms, livestock, and assets of those impacted.
Regional Vice Chairman Bertie Xavier reported that while water levels in some parts are as much as six inches, residents are continuing to manage the impacts to their properties.
It has been confirmed that a total of four shelters are now in use: one at the Tabatinga Sports Complex, one at the Tabatinga Nursery School, another at the Culvert City Nursery School, and still another at the CDC Regional Disaster Risk Management Centre. More than 130 persons are occupying the shelters.
The team then visited several areas in the region, where the Prime Minister stressed the importance of moving to high ground.

Another section under water

The issue of potable water was a priority for the team, and Prime Minister Phillips ensured that collapsible water containers and water purification tablets were being distributed efficiently.
He also highlighted the diligent logistical work of those in the region, as all shelters were being catered to with the basic necessities.
At the shelters, Prime Minister Phillips interacted with various occupants, who expressed gratitude for the swift action by the CDC and regional authorities to move them to safer ground.
The possibility of having more shelters was discussed, and the agencies and Government bodies assured the Prime Minister of their readiness to render further assistance to impacted residents.
The CDC is urging persons countrywide to take precautions where necessary, and to report any impacts to local authorities or the National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on 600-7500 or 226-1114 at any time.