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Situation Report #1 - Flooding in Guyana - March 15th, 2011
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EVENTS:
Guyana has been experiencing heavy intermittent and continuous showers across the coast mainly in Region 2, 3,4,5,6 over the last 72 hrs, resulting in flooding in the farmlands, residential areas and businesses in the several communities on the low coastal plain of these Regions including the capital city. The water level in the Mahaicony and Mahaica Creeks has risen. National Drainage and Irrigation Authority advised that due to the excess water in the Lama Conservancy a decision was made to release water through the Mahaica Creek today March 15th 2011. This has to be done to preventing over topping and breaches that can be caused due to the excess water in the conservancy.

 

PROGNOSIS:
The Hydromet Department of the Ministry of Agriculture advised that this weather pattern can be expected to continue for the next ten (10) days.

AREAS AFFECTED:
Major impacted areas in the various regions are as follows:

Region 2:
There are reports of flooding in the communities of Lima, La Belle Alliance, La Union, Andrews and Anna Regina. There are also reports of farmlands being inundated. All pumps and sluices are in the region are operating at its maximum except the sluices at Anna Regina and Lima which are not working at maximum capacity.

Region 3:
There are reports of flooding in all residential areas along the West Coast and West Bank, minor flooding at Bonaskia, Zeelugt, Meten-Meer-Zorg Patentia, Den Amstel. Viva La Force and Canal No 1 Polder, and some section of Belle West and Canal No 2 Polder. It was reported by NDIA that the koker door at Zeeburg is damaged.

Region 4:

Most of Georgetown remains inundated as well as communities Herstelling, Farm, Little Diamond, Diamond and Grove on the East Bank. There are major accumulation of water at Plaisance, Buxton, Bachelors Adventure, Enterprise, Vigilance and Cane Grove in Mahaica. Some yards were flooded at Lusignan and Abrams Zuil in Mahaica.

Region 5:
There were reports of flooding at Sarah, Drill and Farm in Mahaicony, Blairmont, No 28 and other low lying areas.

Region 6:
There are reports of flooding in mostly low lying residential areas. At No 19 Village there is a major accumulation of water. Some yards at Fort Ordanace, Canefield and No 2 Village are under flood water. There are reports of agricultural farm lands across the region being flooded.

IMPACT:
The total losses and number of persons affected to date is yet to be determined.

ACTIONS TAKEN:
Civil Defence Commission continues to monitor the situation and have initiated contact with the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority and the Hydromet Department.

Contact Information:
Telephone Nos. (592) 226-1114, 226-8815, 226-1027 or 225-5847
Fax: (592) 225-0486
Email: [email protected]

 

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