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GUYANA | Heavy rains caused floods in Region Eight

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 9, CMC – Heavy rains over the past 24 hours have resulted in severe floods in Mahdia in Region Eight, affecting at least 500 homes, official said Friday.

Region Eight Regional Chairman, Bonaventure Fredericks, said that in some parts of Mahdia the water level on the roadway is approximately four feet deep.

The official said 500 homes are affected and road access to the airstrip has been cut off. However, there are no reports of damages to properties except for one business place under three feet of water.

Fredericks said that the region has already engaged the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and is confident that the regional administration would be able to provide relief to residents and repairs to the roads.

 “There is not such a great need that we cannot handle it at this time but we have to wait until the water goes down to assess how much help we can give to the persons affected,” Fredericks said.

The Region is also looking to undertake emergency drainage works to relieve the condition as it continues to monitor the situation.

CDC Director General CDC, Retired Colonel, Chabilall Ramsarup said that the CDC is awaiting an update of the assessment from the Region to determine the necessary interventions.

The authorities have urged residents to relocate to higher ground as a result of previous floods in some parts of the region, but said their pleas have been ignored.