Civil Defence Commission to visit flood-affected areas in South Rupununi

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018, 13:39 by Denis Chabrol

FLASH BACK: Rupununi flood in 2017.

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC), which is responsible for natural disasters, will be visiting and assessing flood-affected areas in South Rupununi, government said Thursday

Director of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig said the commission and the Region’s Democratic Council of Region Nine are monitoring the Takatu and Ireng rivers and the roadways.

He the main aim of the visit is to locate deficiencies in the region’s preparedness and response capability and work towards enhancing them.

“We’ll be looking at the shelter capacity, or the status of the location identified for shelter, supplies for relief, health facilities to see if there are adequate drugs in the result of an outbreak and we will also look at the response coordination system in the region to see how we can strengthen and give them support,” Craig was quoted as saying by government’s Department of Public Information (DPI)

The CDC Director encouraged residents to stock up on food supplies and water, medical supplies and other household items since most of the roadway is cut off.

For the past four days, heavy rains caused flooding in Deep South which resulted in the Wardpao Bridge across the Rupununi River to be inaccessible to residents and vehicles.

The road between communities of Katoonarib to Karaudarnauwa has been identified as the alternative route but it needs some work so that residents and vehicles can safely travel to their destinations.