AS countrywide flooding continues, the Government of Guyana is prioritising the safety and wellbeing of those affected.
To this end, the administration has intensified its distribution of food and sanitary supplies to bring relief to flooded households and persons who have been relocated to shelters.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips, visited the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, where truck-loads of supplies are being packaged for distribution by ranks of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), with critical support from civilian volunteers.
The Prime Minister, accompanied by Director-General of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, expressed appreciation to those involved in the important exercise.
Colonel Craig, at a press conference later in the day, outlined that so far, in excess of 6,900 households across the country have been affected by the ongoing floods.
Specifically, he said that 1,500 households have being affected in Region Two, while 600 homes in Region Three have shared a similar fate.
Approximately 2,800 households were flooded in Region Six, followed by 1,000 households in Regions Nine and 10, respectively.
So far, the government has distributed in excess of 15,000 hampers to affected families.
Meanwhile, Craig told media operatives present at the CDC’s Thomas Lands, Georgetown headquarters, that technical teams have been dispatched across the country to conduct further rapid assessments which would aid in painting a clearer picture of the realities being experienced on the ground.
He confirmed that the flood, which is in its third week, has resulted in notable losses of crops and livestock, as well as infrastructural damages.
Reports are that water levels in some areas have surpassed 12 feet.
The CDC Head was unable to estimate the economic costs of the floods, but said that once the ordeal has ended, technical personnel would be recruited and support will be garnered to conduct a socio-economic assessment.
A similar exercise was executed following the infamous 2005 floods, which devasted mainly the coastland.
Subsequent to the 2005 floods, as a solution mechanism, the Northern Relief Channel was constructed at Hope/Dochfour, East Coast of Demerara.
This $3.6 billion infrastructure is said to be the reason for Region Four being spared from the devastating floods.
Authorities, including President, Dr Irfaan Ali, have committed to ensuring similar projects are replicated throughout the country, to safeguard residents in other regions, especially Region 10, which has been most affected.
Headline photo: Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips, overlooking the packing of flood-relief items