More rainfall expected; water levels increase in Regions 7, 10

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With more rainfall expected over the next three days, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) is assuring citizens of its readiness and capacity to respond.

Providing an update to the countrywide flooding that affected thousands of citizens at the weekend, Director- General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig related that all 10 Administrative regions remain affected.

He told the News Room on Monday that there continues to be flooding at various levels across the regions with water levels increasing in Kwakwani, Region 10 and parts of Region 7.

Craig said close attention is being paid to Regions 3, 6, 7 and 10.

“These regions are most affected especially when it comes to water level and the impact on population and livestock… we find in these regions there are more water in homes and farmlands and livestock’s affected,” he explained.

Director- General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig (PHOTO: News Room/ May 31, 2021)

Meanwhile, water has receded to a large extend in parts of Region Four.

In its response, the CDC has already distributed some 1,500 food and sanitization hampers and has established two shelters in Region 10 even as it continues to manage another in Region 9.

Craig assured that the CDC has adequate resources and capacity to respond with continuous support from the private sector.

The Hydromet Office has issued a severe weather advisory, noting that forecast conditions are likely to persist and lead in flooding in low lying areas.

Some 2.4 inches of rainfall is excepted per day for the rest of the week.

Over the last two days, President Irfaan Ali and Prime Minister, Brigadier (Retired) Mark Phillips along with several other government ministers have been fanning out across the country to flood affected areas to assess the situation and offer support to those affected.

Additional pumps have since been deployed to affected areas and hampers have been distributed to residents across the country.

The CDC, Ministry of Health and the Hydromet office, have all asked citizens to take the necessary precautions as rainy conditions coupled with high tides are said to persist over the next few days.

 

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