Authorities at the weekend visited several villages in Region Nine which are affected by flooding.
According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Civil Defense Commission (CDC), the Ministries of Public Health and Public Infrastructure, and the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) visited Karasabai and South Pakaraimas. The main access roads and the level of water at the Ireng and Takutu Rivers were evaluated.
An assessment was also conducted in and around central Rupununi, particularly in Lethem where it was observed that the water level in the Takutu River has risen and residents residing behind the Tabatinga Creek are affected.
Quoting Director-General (ag) of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, DPI said thus far, two families were relocated. One family is staying with family members and the other is at a temporary shelter that was established by the Mayor and Town Council.
It was noted that several homes are underwater while some of the villages are cut off because of the level of water on the bridges.
The CDC acting Director General said “the CDC is continuing to work closely with the RDC to establish a needs list. What we have observed is that we need to have communication at all times with all of the communities in the event that the water level increases. We will need to communicate to determine what level of supplies they would need. We will also need to continue to check with the hospital, health post and health centres ensure they have the maximum of supplies to deal with any water-related type of illnesses,” the government’s information arm quoted.
He further noted that the CDC will continue to work with the RDC to determine if there they will be a need for long-term shelters, supplies, beddings, sheets, cots, food and cleaning agents. He also commended the RDC and the Council for responding promptly to the situation.
Over the past week, heavy rains caused flooding in the South Pakaraimas, Deep South, and Central Rupununi areas. Alternative routes between communities of Katoonarib to Karaudarnauwa were identified so that residents and vehicles can safely travel to their destinations.