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Two nursery schools remain closed; low-lying areas urged to take precautions

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 21:00 by GxMedia

Weather satellite imagery of Guyana lated Wednesday afternoon

The Albouystown and Headstart Nursery Schools will remain closed on Thursday due to ongoing flood conditions, the Education Ministry announced.

“The Ministry of Education will provide further information on the reopening of these schools as ongoing assessments continue,” said the ministry in a brief statement.

Those that will be reopened on Thursday now that the flood waters have receded are East Ruimveldt Secondary, Tutorial High School, North Georgetown Secondary, The Bishops High, Saints Stanislaus College, Comenius Primary, St Gabriel’s Primary, St Sidwell’s Primary and Starter’s Nursery.

Meanwhile the Agriculture Ministry advised residents in especially in low-lying areas to take all precautionary measures Wednesday evening as cloudy spells with possible thunderstorms are expected throughout Guyana.
Similar conditions are expected to continue Thursday over Northern Guyana. However, occasional cloudy conditions are expected over Southern Guyana.

The Hydromet Office has advised that over the next  24hrs rainfall is expected at a range of 30mm in Regions One to Four.

While water has been receding well in most parts of the city, some areas in Georgetown, Upper and Lower Pomeroon, Charity Housing Scheme and North and South of Canals No. 2 are still under water.

However, two main pumps in the city still remain non-functional. Had this been working, coupled with the main drainage structures along the City drainage would have been more rapid.

The sluices along the Demerara River in the City were not working at 100 percent and at least one was non-functional.  

The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), has been working round the clock to ensure that all structures remain operable  to ensure that the water recedes at optimal levels.

While all pumps especially at emergency drainage structures are functioning at optimal levels, an emergency Drainage and Irrigation  team has been put in place to deal with any possible breach which can occur during the evening.