The Government has announced that the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) is coordinating flood relief efforts and together with the Minister of Social Protection, Volda Lawrence, is assessing the need for temporary shelters in affected communities.
In a statement this morning, the government also announced that the Ministry of Social Protection has been mandated by Cabinet to ensure the safety and well-being of residents of senior citizen homes and other vulnerable citizens that fall within the purview of that Ministry.
“Cabinet met again at 08:00 hrs this morning, where a report on the assessment of the flood situation in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 was given. From that report, Cabinet was able to determine that Region 4 is the most affected region with some flooding on the West Coast and the West Bank of Demerara in Region 3”, the statement added.
Regional Chairmen and Regional Executive Officers in the other assessed regions have reported that the flood situation in their regions is manageable.
The government said that with Cabinet’s approval, an aircraft was sent out this morning at 07:40 hrs on a reconnaissance mission.
“The information that was gathered through that process will be shared with the CDC, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, the Ministry of Social Protection and the Ministry of Communities as well as the regional administrations. That report will also be presented to cabinet at 18:00 hrs this evening, by the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Noel Holder.”
Minister of State Joseph Harmon has been holding meetings with the head of the Civil Defence Commission, Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup. Minister Harmon holds responsibility for the CDC.
Early this morning, President Granger summoned an emergency cabinet meeting and activated the CDCA to assist with the flooding situation. Additionally, the Guyana Defence Force has been called out to assist with flood relief and management efforts.
The government has indicated that the opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) will be briefed and will be invited to participate in the flood relief efforts.