Water receding in some Region five communities
The Mahaica/Mahaicony Abary/Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA) and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) are working together to reduce flooding in communities in Region five.
So far, four pumps were installed in the Trafalgar/Union and Lovely Lass areas, while excavators are also working on clearing the drains simultaneously.
Regional Chairman, Region Five, Vickchand Ramphal told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the regional administration is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) to bring relief to the affected residents.
Excavator clearing chanenel
Several communities in the region were flooded due to torrential rainfall during the weekend of June 4-5, 2016.
Several communities along the Mahaicony River are affected; farmers have lost livestock and cash crops, as well as some amount of paddy, the chairman related. He added that the state of the access dams to farms and communities are currently impassable due to the floods and continuous rains.
The indigenous community of Moraikobai Village, located up the Mahaicony River was the worst affected.
Reports of the flood prompted the setting up and deployment of a multi-agency team comprising members of the Regional Democratic Council, NDIA and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), to conduct an assessment of the situation on June 7, 2016.
A second multi-agency team conducted an assessment of the situation at the weekend focusing on delivering food hampers to the affected residents, and conducting a medical outreach.
The team distributed food hampers consisting of rice, flour, sugar, corn meal flour, Quaker oats, sardines and cooking oil to one hundred and sixty (160) households in Moraikobai.
Additionally, the medical outreach team provided medical examination and care for one hundred and six (106) residents; fifty-five (55) adults and fifty-one (51) children.