Flood-hit Albouystown gets aid


Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon and a team of representatives from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), the Mayor and City Council (MCC) of Georgetown and the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) on Friday distributed 300 sanitation hampers to residents of Albouystown who have been affected by flooding due to the seasonal rains.

The Minister also led the team on a walkabout of the community to get a first-hand look at the conditions under which people are living and the impact that the flooding had on their lives and livelihoods. Representatives from the Ministry of Public Health were also on hand to treat persons who may be suffering from water-borne diseases.

Minister Harmon gestures as he makes a point during discussions with an Albouystwon resident and Constituency 10 Councillor Mr. Heston Bostwick as representatives from the Civil Defence Commission and other agencies look on

“I’m not unfamiliar with this territory. As you recall… while we were in the Opposition we had these floods, we’ve gone through these streets. I know [that] the situation has not changed dramatically but it has changed somewhat because of the monies the Government and the City Council has spent on drainage and irrigation in these communities, but there’s still a lot to be done,” Minister Harmon said.

Minister Harmon presents a sanitation hamper to this resident of Albouystown whose home flooded due to seasonal rains

It was noted that persons who reside in bottom flat homes in Albouystown and Charlestown are particularly vulnerable to flooding as it is a low-lying area. As such, Minister Harmon charged residents to practice proper waste disposal to reduce the build-up of refuse in drainage channels, which would impede the discharge of rainwater.

“We know that December is always a month of rain and so what I would advise and continue to advise is that people take precautions because as I said, the situation, while we’re working on changing it, it’s still a work in progress and so people need to help in that regard.

“They need to ensure that their surroundings are clean… as a community we take those things into our own hands. The City Council can do so much … the Central Government can do so much as well, but the community, the people in the community, the councillors from the community and the persons who live there have to assist.  It has to be … a total effort … to make sure that we can provide that good life for the people [that] we promised them,” the State Minister said.

Minister Harmon interacts with some of the residents of Albouystown

The CDC continues to observe flooding across the regions via its 24-hour National Emergency Monitoring System (NIMS). The CDC submits a report every 12 hours to Minister Harmon as efforts continue to determine how best to deploy limited resources to reach the most vulnerable communities. (Extracted and modified from the Ministry of the Presidency)

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