Floodwaters still “excessively high” in Kwakwani – CDC

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The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) on Saturday posited that the floodwaters in Kwakwani, Region 10 is “excessively high” thus resulting in homes in the community being completely submerged.

As such, CDC personnel are managing the shelters in the region, and are monitoring evacuation and relief distribution.

Six shelters have been established in Region 10 at the Hururu Day Care Centre and Forestry Compound, Kwakwani Primary and Secondary Schools, Mapletown Aroaima (Nursery and Primary Schools) and the Rockstone Primary School. These shelters are providing accommodation for 135 persons.

Shelters have also been established at the Barama Building, Karawab (Region Two), Mortice Primary School (Region Five) and Tabatinga Sports Complex (Region Nine).

Altogether, the shelters are accommodating 205 persons who have been displaced by flooding.

However, on Saturday, another 1200 food hampers were distributed to residents.

As of Friday, the CDC has distributed 39,564 food and cleaning hampers countrywide. This includes some 21,735 food and 17,829 cleaning hampers. Of that amount, 6335 hampers have been delivered to Region 10.

Apart from Region 10, the CDC is also monitoring the water levels in the Upper Mazaruni, Region Seven.

As the flooding persists, all Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) are tasked with reporting the situation on the ground to the CDC daily, to ensure its response is timely, and to determine the kind of support needed.

The CDC is liaising with all RDCs, Neighbourhood Democratic Councils, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority and regional and city engineers to ensure immediate relief is provided to flood-affected people.

The National Weather Watch Centre has already predicted continued above normal rainfall, with the wet season ending in August.