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Flooding in Guyana - Situation Report # 5
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EVENT
As a result heavy rainfall over the last 84 hours, several areas in all ten (10) Regions of Guyana were reported to be flooded. The water levels at the four (4) locations in the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) have been recorded as follows:

Location

May 09, 2012

May 10, 2012

May 11, 2012

Rainfall

Water Level

Rainfall

Water Level

Rainfall

Water Level

Lama

6.1mm

56:70

13.9mm

56.70

22.7mm

56.90

Flag Staff

4.6mm

57.10

 

57.10

17mm

57.15

Land of Canaan

1.1mm

57.10

 

55.65

53.1mm

55.50

Mahaica Creek

 

54.70

 

54.80

 

54.90


PROGNOSIS:
The Hydrometrological Services predicted partly cloudy conditions becoming cloudy at times with isolated showers and outburst of thunder over Regions 1 to 4 and 10. Mostly cloudy conditions with scattered showers in the afternoon hours are expected in the other regions. Rainfall is expected to be between 0.0mm and 15.0mm today, May 11, 2012.



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

AREAS AFFECTED
Region 1 - BARIMA-WAINI: Nothing further to report.

Region 2 - POMEROON-SUPENAAM: Nothing further to report.

Region 3 - ESSEQUIBO ISLANDS-WEST DEMERARA
The water level in the Boarasirie Conservancy remains critical at 61.70 GD. Additionally, it was reported that the communities of La Union and Wallers’ Delight on the West Coast and Goed Fortuin on the West Bank Demerara was covered with about 2 inches of water.

Region 4 - DEMERARA-MAHAICA: Nothing further to report.

Region 5 - MAHAICA-BERBICE:

 

  • The RDC reported that the Regional Chairman, Deputy REO and an engineer visited the Abary Creek today May 11, 2012.
  • The RDC deployed a boat and engine in the Abary Creek to monitor the situation in the Abary, Mahaicony and Mahaica Creeks.

Region 6 - EAST BERBICE-CORENTYNE

  • The flood water continues to recede in the affected areas. Details on the severity of the flooding in this region remain unavailable.
  • The RDC reported that there is flooding in Bloomfield Housing Scheme due to overtopping from John’s Dam. An earth moving machine is currently working to seal the breach on the dam.

Region 7 - CUYUNI- MAZARUNI: Nothing further to report.

Region 8 - POTARO-SIPARUNI: Nothing further to report.

Region 9 - UPPER TAKUTU-UPPER ESSEQUIBO

  • The Regional Executive Officer reported that the flood water has receded approximately 4 inches over the last 12 hours.
  • It was reported that eight shelters were opened, two (2) having occupants.
  • It is reported that the Chawiz Bridge in the Deep South Rupununi has being washed away.
  • GWI Station #1 and #2 are still functioning at this time. A standby generator is expected today May 11 for the Bon Success Water Station.
  • Lethem market remains closed with the access road inundated.
  • It was reported after an air reconnaissance flight the following was observed:
    • The Takutu has overflowed its bank and the water is flowing into the savannah.
    • Priara Creek is level with its bank and all creeks leading into the Takutu River is overflowing at the mouth.
    • Sand Creek savannah is flooded from the overflowing creek and the Rupununi River.

Region 10 - UPPER DEMERARA-BERBICE: Nothing further to report.


PUBLIC BUILDINGS UPDATE: The Lethem market is now closed.

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:
Assessments of all the affected areas are being conducted.

Ministry of Agriculture:
Assessments of all the affected areas are being conducted and representatives from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority continue to monitor the pumps, sluices and conservancies in all the affected regions.

Guysuco:
Nothing to report.

NEEDS:
The Commission has identified the following immediate needs:

  • Damage Assessments 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:
Civil Defence Commission,
Thomas Road,
Thomas Lands,
Georgetown
Telephone No: (592) 226-1114, 226-8815, 226-1027 or 225-5847
24 Hours No: (592) 600-3000
FAX: (592) 225-0486
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

 

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