Residents and farmers in various communities in Region Five (Mahacia-Berbice) are finally getting some relief as floodwaters began receding, though slowly.
The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) in collaboration with Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary/Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) deployed excavators to the affected areas to relieve the flooding. Additionally, small tractor driven pumps are currently operational.
However, a source said Bush Lot Village needed excavation due to clogged drains with overgrown weeds.
On Saturday a medical team was deployed to the indigenous settlement of Moraikobai to assist in the outbreak of water borne
diseases. According to reports, persons in the village complained of itches about the body.
Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal told a section of the media on Saturday that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is closely monitoring the situation. It was explained that floodwaters remained high in this particular community.
The chairman further noted that a team visited several communities along the Mahaicony River, most of which have floodwaters remaining.
Ramphal related that because of the flooding in Moraikobai, villages such as Mora Point, Pine Ground and Gordon Table are also flooded. Many farmers in these villages said they have lost cash crops while their livestock continues to be threatened.
The regional head stressed that many houses in the Mahaicony area are also under water and noted that some rice crops have been affected.
Residents are appealing for government officials to meet with them and address their concerns over the prolonged flooding.