GUYANA | 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐒𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐀π₯𝐒 F𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚π₯π₯𝐲 D𝐞𝐜π₯𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐬 Widespread Fπ₯𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐒𝐧𝐠 𝐚 N𝐚𝐭𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐚π₯ D𝐒𝐬𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫

GUYANA | 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐒𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐀π₯𝐒 F𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚π₯π₯𝐲 D𝐞𝐜π₯𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐬 Widespread Fπ₯𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐒𝐧𝐠 𝐚 N𝐚𝐭𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐚π₯ D𝐒𝐬𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, June 14, 2021 -  Guyana’s President  Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali has officially declared a disaster in Guyana due to flooding. The President’s proclamation was recorded in the Official Gazette on Thursday.

The proclamation notes that as of June 7, 2021, a total of 28,228 households were affected by flooding, some with water entering their homes, domestic animals and livestock in distress or farmlands inundated.

Senior Minister in the Office of the President with Responsibility for Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh tabled two financial papers last Thursday, with one including $10 billion in supplementary financing to support the Government’s flood relief efforts.

Dr. Singh said that $10 billion will, in the first instance, bring relief to flooded areas and provide support in the immediate aftermath of the flood.

β€œBy that I mean the actions that are necessary, that will be taken to respond to the flood. Action relating to draining, pumping the water off of the land, protecting the integrity of the drainage structure and the dams.”

Dr. Singh said the funds will also help boost the delivery of relief supplies to households.

Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig Director General of the Civil Defence Commission, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig has updated the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the United Nations Resident Coordinators’ Offices in the Caribbean on Guyana’s Flood Situation

Lieutenant Colonel  Craig informed the regional partners that the situation within the country has been classified as a Level 2 event, which means that the national capacity to respond is not overwhelmed.

He said  external assistance is being sought through CDEMA’s Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) to augment efforts in a bid to effectively protect lives, livelihoods, and the environment within these localities and the country at large.

Lieutenant Colonel  Craig said many  homes were almost completely inundated, livestock and domestic animals in distress and farmlands inundated resulting in crop damages, with regions 2, 5, 6, 7 and 10 surpassing their regional capacity.

To date, in excess of  28- thousand households have been affected with the CDC having to evacuate 149 persons to six shelters, and there are plans to establish another three shelters.

Guyana Flood proclamation350Guyana Flood proclamation350Executive Director (ag) of CDEMA, Elizabeth Riley expressed solidarity with the people of Guyana and indicated that the details of the situation will be shared with other regional partners to allow them the chance to respond where necessary.

The Director General also informed the regional partners that rainfall in May, 2021 was 607.7mm, the second highest since 1981 with the latest outlook suggesting that wetter than usual or above normal rainfall can be expected throughout August.

Lt. Col. Craig said flooding is a concern at least for the period June to mid-July, in areas that are already under water and mudslides being a concern over hilly areas.

He also noted the great demand for transportation and equipment pointing out that among those needs are food, cleaning supplies, cots, boat engines, aluminum and inflatable boats, aerial transportation and diesel driven hydro flow mobile pumps.

The need for a more detailed assessment of the flood, post disaster assessment and a socio-economic impact assessment was also discussed with the regional partners.

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