Kwakwani flooding: Residents losing hope as water levels raise again

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 An aerial view of the extent of the flood in Kwakwani, Upper Berbice River

Even though the water levels had begun to incrementally recede, this publication now understands that the flooding situation in Kwakwani, Region 10, has gotten worse with water levels rising again, causing the residents to lose hope.

According to the acting Director General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, the water level had seemingly begun to recede, but he has received reports of the water level returning to its initial height of approximately nine feet.

He explained that the abundant rainfall the community has been experiencing is likely responsible for this phenomenon, and another batch of food supplies has been sent to the community, which is very much in need of same.

Director of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig

Colonel Craig said food supplies have been distributed to the villagers by volunteers who can traverse the village only by boat.

Several food hampers supplied by the CDC were distributed on Wednesday, for the first time since severe flooding besieged the community.

Over 300 households remain affected by the disastrous situation, and although the residents have adopted adaptive measures, most homes are completely flooded, and occupants have been forced to move to higher ground.

Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph is calling on the relevant officials to consider raising the level of the main access road, so that when flooding occurs in the future, transportation would not be affected.

Residents have even made a call for the Government to consider commencing irrigation works in the area as soon as the water recedes, to prevent the situation from recurring.

Flooding in Kwakwani commenced in April and intensified over the months because of heavy rainfall coupled with overtopping of the Berbice River. Persons living on Lamp Island and the Waterfront are the most severely affected.

Residents are currently forced to utilise boats as their main mode of transportation, since the roads are inundated.

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