A number of communities such as Novar, Good Faith, Dundee, Abary and Huntley in the Mahaicony area have been flooded due to the persistent rainfall in the region over the past few days. Chairman of Region 5 Vickchand Ramphal on Tuesday told News Update that over 400 households have been affected. Although waters have receded in some of these areas, some households are still flooded.
He said the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has deployed cleaning hampers to the region, which are being distributed and will continue on Wednesday.
“A small amount of livestock have been affected, there is some damage to cash crops. We have teams from GLDA and NAREI that are on the ground doing assessment and to give necessary assistance,” Ramchand noted.
The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority has since deployed excavators and a mobile pump into the area, which will be put into operation shortly.
“There are still some patches that have water and we have installed a Mobil pump at the Abary sluice to help with faster drainage into the areas, so when the tide is up, pumps will be put into operation and we'll have 24 hour drainage,” the Chairman informed News Update.
Meanwhile, the CDC has also confirmed flooding in Region 9 and several communities and farms are under water resulting in the relocation of families.
The Commission has activated its Regional Disaster Risk Management Centre to serve as a secondary shelter to accommodate displaced persons in this region.
Flooding has also been experienced in Rockstone, Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice (Region 10) due to recent heavy rainfall. Three homes are reportedly under water.