Amid persistent heavy rainfalls across the country, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) is urging residents along the Cuyuni and Mazaruni Rivers, in Region 7 to immediately move to higher ground due to current and anticipated rainfall and mudslides.
Since the start of the rainy several weeks ago, Region 7 has been among the regions most affected, leaving persons and businesses in low-lying areas in the region counting their losses.
The CDC said the National Weather Watch Center forecasts that conditions will likely lead to continued flooding of areas already under water.
The CDC is urging residents to take the necessary precautions to safeguard life and property against flooding, heavy winds, and mudslides.
In an earlier statement, the CDC said it deployed teams to conduct rapid assessments and verifications of flood reports across the country. The assessments were done in collaboration with agencies including the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs), Neighborhood Democratic Councils (NDCs), and Community Development Councils (CDCs).
“In an effort to ensure that affected residents receive adequate food, clothing, and shelter, thousands of food and cleaning hampers have been distributed in Regions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10. The hampers being distributed include personal and feminine hygiene items, sanitation supplies, water purification tablets, cement, and temporary accommodation equipment,” the CDC said.
The CDC pointed out that through the Regional Democratic Councils, additional hampers were distributed to flood-affected residents in Regions 5, 6 and 10.
Residents of Mahaicony Creek, Region 5 also received livestock feed.
The CDC has established shelters to accommodate affected residents in Lethem, Region Nine with additional shelters to be established in Kwakwani and other affected communities along the Berbice River.
The Commission has committed to continue its distribution of food and non-food items to affected residents as the need arises.