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Several Rupununi villages flooded

Several villages in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) were Monday flooded due to heavy rainfall and rising rivers in neighbouring Brazil, prompting authorities to obtain relief supplies, Regional Executive Officer Karl Singh said. “Those rivers in Brazil, including the Amazon, are flowing and pushing back the water to the Takatu River. All the communities along the Takatu River will be ...

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Guyana promises St. Vincent a “ship” load of volcano relief supplies; call issued for “immediate needs”

Prime  Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on Saturday said Guyana has promised to dispatch a ship-load of emergency relief supplies in the wake of the explosive eruption of the La Soufriere volcano Friday. “The President of Guyana has been in touch with me quite often. They (are) loading a ship to send a lot of ...

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CDC equips Coast Guard to battle oil spills; recommends needs assessment

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has geared up the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard with GYD$50 million worth of equipment to respond to oil spills, and has urged that military corps to ascertain other needs in the areas of emergency response. The CDC said some of the essential requirements handed over on Wednesday include 24,000 feet of containment booms, ...

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US not planning military bases in the Western Hemisphere- SOUTHCOM Commander

The United States Defence Department on Tuesday ruled out establishing a military base in Guyana or elsewhere in the Americas, but maintained that it would work with other nations to preserve democracy, promote human rights and fight transnational crime. Commander of the Defence Department’s Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Admiral Craig Faller told a joint news conference with Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana ...

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Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara residents mopping up after flood

Several families of Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara  was Friday morning scrubbing their yards and lower flats from thick sediment left behind from flood waters due to a breached river defence. The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) said flood relief hampers were distributed Friday morning to affected households who have been affected in Thursday’s flooding of the area due to a ...

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Severe flood at Grove, East Bank Demerara

Homes, businesses and yards in a section of Grove, East Bank Demerara, were Wednesday night inundated by flood waters from the nearby Demerara River as a result of a damaged koker (sluice), authorities said. The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) said the Diamond Secondary School has been identified as a temporary shelter for residents affected by the breached koker in the ...

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Man burnt while rescuing children from burning house in Mahdia

Three children, who were left at home by their parents, were rescued from a burning house in Mahdia by a neighbour who was burnt during the heroic act, police sources said. The fire destroyed the two-apartment, one-story wooden house at Dandro Hill, Mahdia, at about 7:45 pm. Police said 42-year-old Seon Garraway was admitted to the Mahdia Hospital where he ...

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GBTI gives GYD$2M to Bahamas hurricane relief

The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited (GBTI) says it has generated almost GYD$2 million through the GBTI Hurricane Relief Fund – Bahamas. That fund began shortly after Hurricane Dorian ravaged sections of the Bahamas early in September. The Bank says it immediately committed GYD$3 million and encouraged its customers, staff and members of the public to join the ...

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Homes, farms, livestock under high tide floods in Region 5

Release from the Civil Defence Commission: The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) received reports of flooding in the Mahaica-West Berbice Region (Region 5). The floods are as a result of above-normal high tides predicted at approximately 3.31 meters. The effects of the tides have been exacerbated by a breach in the Danzic sea defence dam. Over 200 meters of the structure ...

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High tide floods several West Coast Demerara villages

Several villages on the West Coast Demerara were earlier today flooded as a result of a tide that was more than nine feet high. The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) says “there was no breach of the seawalls. The water has begun to recede”. However, water over-topped the sea defence causing floods at Blankenburg, Den Amstel, Fellowship, Cornelia Ida, Anna Catherina ...

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