Flood prevention committee actively engaged - Following recent rainfall

Georgetown , Guyana (GINA), January 4, 2006 - The National Flood Prevention and Control Committee (NFPCC) which was reconvened by President Bharrat Jagdeo on December 3, 2005, has been actively engaged in implementation of various measures following widespread flooding, resulting from heavy rainfall over the past few weeks.
Chairman of the NFPCC Samuel Hinds accompanied by Head of the National Drainage and Irrigation Board (ND&IB) Ravi Naraine visited flood-affected communities over the last week to assess the losses suffered by residents and farmers.

The team accompanied by Presidential Advisor on the Environment Navin Chandarpaul, yesterday visited families and farmers in Mahaicony Creek where water levels were reported to have increased by as much as four to six feet.

Among the areas visited were Mora Point, Karamat, Gordon Table, Pine Ground and First Savannah.

The Mahaicony Creek is home to more than 200 farmers and their families. Most of the other residents are employed by farmers.

Cattle-rearing, rice and cash crop farming are the economic mainstay of the community.

In addition to the disruption of domestic life, commercial activity has also been severely affected especially rice. The Mahaicony rice mill is currently out of paddy.

Residents also depend on water from the creek for drinking and other purposes and the sanitation of that water source has been threatened as a result of the flood.

Mr. Hinds and Ravi Naraine were also at Canals Number One and Two Polder, West Bank Demerara on December 31, where 6-12 inches of flooding has been reported. The Prime Minister promised assistance in the form of increased heavy-duty equipment for the eexecution or drainage works.

A follow-up visit made by Minister of Human Services and Social Security Bibi Shadick and Minister of Education Henry Jeffrey on January 3, revealed that the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) has failed to effectively evaluate and remedy the situation.

Among the requests made by residents were the widening of the ‘B-Line Dam and the provision of a pump to drain the water into the Boerasirie Conservancy, as part of a temporary relief strategy.

Meanwhile, Government has commenced distribution of flood relief assistance to residents at Canal Number One.

Source: http://www.gina.gov.gy/archive/daily/b060104.html#4