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Guyana under floodwaters


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GEORGETOWN – Heavy rain in Guyana has flooded large swathes of inland areas, cutting off some communities, and at least 200 families in villages along the upper Demerara River have been flooded out.The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has been mobilised, along with the Ministries of Agriculture, Amerindian Affairs and Health and the Region 10 Administration. “The need for food supplies and potable water in affected areas has been confirmed. Supplies have been sent out and further distribution by the CDC will continue during the week”, said a statement from the Office Of The President.Minister of Transport and Hydraulics Robeson Benn and Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Kellawan Lall flew to the area Wednesday to assess the extent and impact of the flooding in the riverain areas, including the mines area communities in Linden, Great Falls, Malali and Muritaro. Three Friends and Coomacka have also been flooded. The ministers also examined the state of the breach on the Mabura road, where water washed away a section of the crucial artery on Sunday night. One breach has been repaired while the other is expected to be sealed tomorrow, said Benn at a Press conference at his office.Reading the government statement, Benn said that spring tides and unusually heavy torrential rains had swollen the waters in the riverain areas in the upper Demerara River. Adjoining roads had been rendered impassable, washed away and housing areas and farms flooded, he said. According to the statement, ongoing rehabilitation of the roads had been heightened and additional rehabilitation on the Kwakwani road was also being planned. The CDC will be setting up the staging area in Linden, supported by the Linmine Secretariat and the regional administration. Benn said that there was flash flooding coming down from the creeks on the Demerara and Essequibo watershed and that rivers had burst their banks in various areas. There was overtopping of the Linden-Ituni road and two crews were working on this, he said. Of the five villages on the Upper Demerara, Malali and Muritaro were said to be the communities most severely affected, with houses completely surrounded by water. (Stabroek News)

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