ECLAC team begins flood assessment in Pomeroon


A nine-member team from the United Nations (UN) Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) visited the flood affected areas of the Pomeroon River Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) in response to government declaring parts of Region Five and the Pomeroon River catchment areas as ‘disaster areas’. According to the Regional Vice Chairman Vishnu Samaroo the team was in the Region on February 4 to assess the impact of the flood on residents.

“This was a restoration assessment team, I understand that a more technical team will follow based on the suggestions or recommendations of this team,” Samaroo said.

He said that the ECLAC group will also hold training sessions for officials of the region on disaster management. Training will commence on February 6, and personnel from the agriculture, health and welfare sectors will benefit.

Heavy rainfall that started in December 2005 resulted in the riverain areas being inundated. Government launched an appeal for assistance, financial and otherwise for the disaster areas.

The aim is to secure urgent support and assistance with the implementation of the emergency disaster mitigation and prevention programme, which includes the repair of vital drainage structures and the dredging of the four rivers that drain into the sea: Pomeroon, Mahaica, Mahaicony and the Abary.

At his last post-Cabinet media briefing Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Luncheon said he has already had several meetings with the donor community and these will continue to provide regular updates on the flood situation and the level of intervention necessary.

During the January/February flood of 2005, ECLAC, after an assessment concluded that damage to Guyana’s economy was estimated at $93B with the agriculture sector alone suffering about $11B in losses.

CDEMA Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael Tel: (246) 434-4880, Fax: (246) 271-3660
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