By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The David Granger APNU+AFC Cabinet has cleared a total of $75M that will go towards the desilting of canals and other remedial works in the drainage system as preparations continue for another torrential downpour.
This was disclosed by Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson who told a news conference on Wednesday June 3 that the Cabinet met on Tuesday June 2 and decided on the release of the monies from Guyana’s emergency fund.
The disclosure comes on the backdrop of severe flooding at the weekend and into the new week in Georgetown and along the Guyana’s coast which is below sea level.
Patterson however warned that the monies will not be used to prevent the city from flooding but rather go towards ensuring that there is not a repeat of high flood waters in the next three to four weeks – Guyana’s rainy season.
The Minister further reported that the Cabinet decided on the establishment of a “multi-discipline task force” that will tackle the flooding situation and its ripple effects.
It was noted that the task force will include persons from across the spectrum as the government aims for a broad based consensus on the way forward.
Meanwhile, the Minister also noted that all six pumps are working but one of the pumps is having some amount of difficulty as it relates to the pipes that lead water to it.
In this regard, it was noted that water has receded in a considerable manner in most of the affected communities with the exception of Mahaica and Mahaicony.
On the health side, Junior Health Minister Dr Karen Cummings reported that there has been no hike in the number of vector borne diseases at health centres.
She noted too that hotlines have been set up to take reports on blockages in water ways and crews will be made available to rectify the situation.
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