By Johann Earle, Stabroek news, Fri, 20 Jan 2006, 09:15

Georgetown, January 19, 2006 (Stabroek News) - The regional disaster relief warehouse being built at Timehri is due for completion next week and should be put to use to bring relief to scores of residents of East Coast, West Bank and other flooded areas.

Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup, Head of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) said the warehouse would be galvanised into action during the present rainy season if needed.


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’.


The CARICOM side at the Eleventh Japan-CARICOM consultation held in Tokyo, Japan earlier this month reiterated the importance of environmental protection and natural disaster management and mitigation, and the Japanese delegation confirmed its readiness to continue its support of CARICOM's efforts in this area.

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