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Flooding in Guyana - Situation Report #6
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Flooding in Guyana - Situation Report  #6 as of 1900 hours, February12, 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 has receded in most of these 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 brief isolated showers are expected along the coast and near inland areas over the next 12 hours. The average rainfall expected is between 0.5mm and 0.10mm.

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

AREAS AFFECTED
Region 1 - BARIMA-WAINI

The Sand Jose to Kumaka dam, one of the main access road in the region, remains inundated despite three consecutive days of sunshine.  

Region 2 - POMEROON-SUPENAAM
The Regional Administration reported that the water receded in the affected communities along the Pomeroon River and situation in the region is back to normal. It was noted, that the rice farmers are now in need water for cultivation.

Region 3 - ESSEQUIBO ISLANDS-WEST DEMERARA
There was no report of flooding in this region and the water from the affected communities has receded.

Representatives from the NDCs 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 continues to recede in the affected communities.

Region 6 - EAST BERBICE-CORENTYNE
The Regional Democratic Council of this region reported flooding in the residential and cultivated areas in Black Bush Polder, Johanna and Yakusari. The water is receding slowly.

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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