The government last evening announced that the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) through the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has reported that normalcy is gradually being restored to some communities as flood waters begin to recede.
At a meeting convened at 6:00pm last evening at the CDC’s office, it was reported by the Centre that while Regions 3, 4 and 5 are the most affected, water has started to recede in some communities across the coast land.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo told the members of the NEOC that they must “work round the clock” to ensure that the lives of the citizens are not affected much longer than it should and noted that the Centre has the support of the government.
Minister of Social Protection, Volda Lawrence announced that shelters have been established for residents who are affected.
In Albouystown, which was one of the hardest hit areas, Minister Lawrence announced that shelters have been established at the Albouystown and the Selman Fraser Nursery schools for children while affected elderly residents can contact the Ministry of Social Protection on telephone numbers 225-6545 or 225- 7112 for assistance.
Meanwhile, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, informed Cabinet that all measures are in place to ensure that all of the pumps and sluices remain in operation to facilitate fast drainage of the flood waters.
According to the Ministry of the Presidency, reports from the major utilities were also presented at the meeting.
The Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) reported that there were power outages in 28 areas earlier in the day. However up to press time, the amount had reduced to only one area and the representative of the company said that it was expected that the community’s electricity will be restored before the end of the evening. The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has not recorded any compromising of its water resources.
“The total losses and the total number of persons affected by flooding are yet to be determined. One tool the Centre is using to gather data for that assessment is social media. Residents in affected areas are being advised to share photos of flooded areas and information on to the level of the flood water in their areas or homes, any health problems being experienced, the level of nearby canals and the extent of damages they have experienced or witnessed. These can be shared on the Facebook pages of the NEOC, Habitat for Humanity, The Guyana Red Cross Society and the Civil Defence Commission”, the statement said.