GUYANA: Emergency Situation at Jawalla Village, Region 7

On Friday August 18, 2017, the Civil Defense Commission (CDC) of Guyana reported that, a storm impacted the village of Jawalla in Region 7, Guyana. The village was severely affected by this storm which resulted in damages to property, loss of life and disruption of livelihoods.

In the aftermath of the storm, a 29 year old pregnant woman and mother of two died when her house collapsed on her. The storm also affected the infrastructure in the village; four (4) homes were completely destroyed, while five (5) homes and two (2) shops were partially damaged.

Public buildings were also damaged by this storm; the Community Centre roof was partially damaged and two buildings of the Village Council Office, the nursery and primary schools in the village were also affected.


In response to the incident the following actions were scheduled to be undertaken on August 21, 2017 by Guyana’s Civil Defense Commission (CDC):

  • Continued monitoring and reporting on the incident
  • Deployment of a multi-sectoral assessment team to the impacted community
  • Provision of relief supplies (cleaning agents, blankets, sheets, water, water bottles, water purification tablets, chainsaws and tarpaulin) to affected persons.

The Regional Democratic Council and Regional Administration partially activated its Regional Disaster Risk Management Committee and is monitoring and responding to the situation.

To date no request for assistance has been made to the CDEMA Coordinating Unit.

The CDEMA Coordinating Unit, in collaboration with the Guyana’s CDC, will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.