Region 10 gets flood relief


President Irfaan Ali continued his on-the-ground flood assessment on Saturday by visiting affected communities along the Upper Berbice River in Region 10.

The Head of State assessed the situation at Lamp Island, Kwakwani— one of the severely affected communities in the country, Bamboo Landing, Hururu Mission and Ladern’s Ville.

President Ali listened to the concerns of scores of residents whose homes and farmlands are inundated due to persistent rainfall over the last week.

The President reassured the residents that his Government, working with all stakeholders, including the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), will ensure that food, water and health supplies are provided.

He explained that shelters would be set up at various Government buildings to ensure that flood-affected residents have places to stay safe and secure until the floodwaters recede.

President Ali was accompanied by Minister of Public Works, the Honourable Juan Edghill; Minister of Public Service, the Honourable Sonia Parag; Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Godfrey Bess; CDC Head, Lieutenant Kester Craig and other officials.

Meanwhile, Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill also assessed flood-affected areas in Region 10 and rendered assistance to those families in Speightland, Block 42 Lower Amelia’s Ward and Kara Kara.

Additionally, Prime Minister, Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips and Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai also visited other parts of the region to provide similar support.

On Friday the President had visited communities in Mahaicony Creek to assess the flooding there.

A team of Government officials, including Prime Minister, Brigadier, (Ret’d) Mark Phillips, and Minister of Amerindian Affairs, the Honourable Pauline Sukhai also visited Region 10 today to distribute food hampers and to access the flood-related damages in various communities.  Minister Edghill was a part of that team this morning.

A number of communities in Guyana, especially those in low-lying and riverain areas, are currently flooded, due to heavy rainfall.

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