Leonora Hospital closed due to severe flooding

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The Leonora Hospital on the West Coast of Demerara has been temporarily closed due to flooding as a result of the high tides and overtopping earlier today.

The Mildred Cox Young Health Centre at Den Amstel is now operating as a temporary hospital around the clock, the Department of Public Information (DPI) announced this evening.

The public is advised to visit this facility or the West Demerara Regional Hospital for medical treatment.

The Leonora Hospital is expected to be fully functional in three days, DPI said.

Officers of the Guyana Fire Service were this morning helping to clean the Leonora Hospital which was flooded after a high tide caused waters from the Atlantic Ocean to rush over the sea defence. [News Room photo]
Meanwhile, Deputy Director General of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) Col. Kester Craig has advised that the CDC has set up two temporary relief centres at the Uitvlugt Community Centre and the Uitvlugt Secondary School.

According to DPI, the centres will house residents affected by the flooding and will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner.

News Room had earlier reported that There has been overtopping as a result of high tides in several villages along West Coast Demerara, mainly Uitvlugt, Stewartville and Leonora. See previous story here: https://newsroom.gy/2018/03/02/high-tides-cause-major-flooding-in-west-side-villages/

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