Edghill, at a press conference with other government ministers this morning, appealed for the Guyanese people to be patient while the Ministries of Public Works and Local Government work to minimize the impact of the flooding.
He said various teams are doing everything “humanly possible” to alleviate the situation.
“I would like to say to all of us and to everybody out there that there is no need to panic. We’ve had an overwhelming amount of rainfall, it’s a reality and we should not get into the panic mode. Every effort should be made to ensure that there is minimum damage as it relates to the household level.
“We’re appealing for patience; we want to ensure that the panic button is not being pressed,” Edghill said.
He explained that teams from the Clean up Initiative have been mobilized to clear out debris under bridges which are preventing the smooth flow of water.
Meanwhile, Local Government Minister, Norman Whittaker defended the $1B Clean Up Programme, as he noted that if the initiative was not in place, then the flood situation could have been worse.
He said the rainfall is the highest Guyana has endured in recent times.
“If we had not made the efforts we did in terms of cleaning the drains etc and removing significant volumes of garbage, one never knows, the situation like this would have been worse than is,” Whittaker told the news conference.