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Rupununi: Flood-hit residents to be evacuated; thousands others affected

Flood in the Rupununi

More than two dozen residents of Rupununi are to be evacuated and at least 20,000 others across Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) have been severely affected by floods caused by heavy rainfall and overflowing rivers in recent days, officials said Sunday night.

Region Nine Chairman, Bryan Allicock said 26 persons would be evacuated Monday because their homes have been inundated with several feet of water due to heavy rains in Guyana and neighbouring Brazil. The residents are to be taken to the Arapaima Primary School, Amerindian Hostel and Culvert City Nursery School that have been converted to emergency shelters.

“We have to evacuate some residents within Lethem township and the water is still coming up,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.

Allicock said the Tabatinga Creek and the Takatu River have overflowed their banks because the Rio Bronco in Brazil is filled to capacity and is backing up in the other tributaries.

Farms in at least 50 villages , the Regional Chairman said, have been destroyed by the flood waters at a time when villages such as Parishara, Nappi and Hiowa  have been cut off  from Lethem as a result of the now deplorable conditions of the roads. “There are fifty villages affected so far. Most of the farms are under water but no house has collapsed yet but access to the South is being denied because the river is flooded and there is water in the savannas. Some creeks that normally cross are now flooded so there is very little movement in the villages,” he said. Allicock estimated that at least 20,000 residents in the 50 villages have been affected by the flood.

Based on the outcome of a meeting held Sunday night, the Regional Chairman said representatives of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) are due to visit a number of the flood-affected areas on Monday.

He said outboard motor-powered boats would be used to transport relief supplies to those villages that have been cut off because a certain section of the road from Lethem “has washed away.”

The Regional Chairman said some residents are salvaging remaining cassava and are making farine, but they will be in desperate need of emergency supplies of rice, sugar, flour, oil and peas.

Toshao for Aishalton village, Douglas Casimero said the major worry for residents in his village  is the fact that supplies from Lethem located 162 kilometers away could not be transported to Aishalton. “We usually ourchase our supplies from Lethem and vehicles are cannot reach to Aishalton because of the high water,” he said.

Casimero said water has not entered houses but cassava farms have been flooded.

Several coastal and interior areas of Guyana have in recent weeks been flooded due to heavy rainfall.

  • rudeo

    mother nature showing who is boss

    • Col123

      The PPP messed up this country so terribly that half of it is sinking…

  • Col123

    Thanks Gretch…I always thought of myself as a very hard working chap!….with some sense of how to relieve the weight of salt off my back……but now, I golf every day….the only black in a country club….and that mention of jackass brought some nice memories of my young age …when my friends and I would lasso donkeys grazing by the roadside, and have donkey races in the school playground on Friday nights!…fun days they were….About them imbeciles running the country, those guys are house slaves with massa mindset…the whole lot of them…even the few Indo ones…BUT the fact remains, half of Guyana is sinking and it will get worse as we close the sugar estates…with these imbeciles running the country!

  • Col123

    plantain…Some thoughts there which are similar to mine. I know about the increased frequency of earthquakes in the mid west US, which some blame on FRACKING….I am not a geologist , but we should be concerned with what would replace the oil removed, from under the ocean floor. I shudder at the thought of the collapse of huge ocean beds, and the collapse of coastal areas.

  • Col123

    They are trying to harmonize their pockets first…nature soon come!