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Flooding in Guyana - Situation Report # 5
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Flooding in Guyana - Situation Report  # 5 as of 1900 hours, February 10, 2012

The National Emergency Operations Centre in Guyana has issued the following report on flooding in several regions of the country.

EVENTS:
The heavy rainfall that commenced on January 28, 2012, resulted in flooding in several communities in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, particularly, those communities located on the Coastal Plain and along the Abary, Mahaica, Mahaicony Rivers, Pomeroon, Black Bush Polder and Canal Polders.

Light to moderate showers are being experienced and water is receding in most of the areas. The release of water from the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) into the Mahaica River through the Maduni Sluice has been stopped.

PROGNOSIS:
It was forecasted by the Hydrometeorological Department of the Ministry of Agriculture that cloudy to overcast skies are expected over all regions with expected rainfall to be between 0.0mm and 8.10mm.

The forecast for the rest of the week is as follows, Saturday and Sunday; cloudy spells with occasional showers can be expected over Regions 2 to 6 and 10, and other regions can expect mainly cloudy spells.

IMPACT
Total loss and the total number of persons affected to date are yet to be determined.

AREAS AFFECTED
Region 1 - BARIMA-WAINI


The situation remains the same. No new developments.

Region 2 - POMEROON-SUPENAAM
Water is receding in the affected communities.

Region 3 - ESSEQUIBO ISLANDS-WEST DEMERARA

The community of Canal No. 2, North & South Section, remains inundated with approximately one (1) foot of flood water mostly in the farming areas. Flood water continues to recede.

Flood water remains high in trenches in these areas.

Representatives from the NDC’s and NDIA continue to monitor the sluices and pumps within the region.

Region 4 - DEMERARA-MAHAICA

No reports of flooding, except for the communities along the Mahaica River

Representatives from NDIA continue to monitor the sluices and pumps and conduct preventative work within the region. Unserviceable pumps were also repaired and additional pumps were deployed to the most critical areas.

Region 5 - MAHAICA-BERBICE

Water is receding in the affected communities.

Region 6 - EAST BERBICE-CORENTYNE

The Regional Democratic Council of this region reported flooding in cultivated areas at Kendalls, Warren, Seawall, Susannah, Don Robin, No.7 Village, and No.11 Village. The flood water is receding in most of these areas. In Black Bush Polder, Johanna and Yakusari the water is also receding.

NDIA has reported that all pumps and sluices in these areas are operational and continue to be monitored and preventative works are being conducted within the region as the need arises.

PUBLIC BUILDING UPDATES

Schools
Nothing further to report.

ACTIONS BY THE CIVIL DEFENCE COMMISSION

The Commission continues to monitor and assess the vulnerable communities and conservancies which are usually affected by the heavy rains.

ACTION BY OTHER ORGANISATIONS
Ministry of Health


Nothing further to report.

Ministry of Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture continues to conduct assessment of affected areas and representatives from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority continue to monitor the pumps, sluices and conservancies in all the affected regions.

Guysuco
Nothing further to report

NEEDS

The Commission has identified the following immediate needs:

•    Damage Assessments including an aerial reconnaissance to be conducted to identify and quantify the extent of the flooding in the regions
•    Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of all the affected communities to determine the water level and to assist in decision making.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE (NEOC)
Contact Information
Address: Civil Defence Commission, Thomas Road, Thomas Lands, Georgetown.
Telephone #: (592) 226-1114, 226-8815, 226-1027 or 225-5847
24 Hours #: (592) 600-3000, 624-9000
FAX: (592) 225-0486
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

 

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