[www.inewsguyana.com] – As a result of the severe flooding in several parts of the country, especially the Capital, Georgetown, President Donald Ramotar visited several communities and drainage infrastructure to personally assess not only the effects of the accumulated water, but also to check efforts to drain flooded areas. Areas visited included Paradise and Cane Grove.
The President noted that a lot of people have suffered due to the heavy rainfall, but said he was assured that the Public Works officials, and others responsible for drainage and irrigation, are doing everything possible to alleviate the problems encountered.
“We will continue to follow it to see that we bring some ease to the situation as fast as possible”.
The Agriculture Ministry today said that significant rainfall is expected in the next 72 hours that will result in flooding conditions. Sunday, it said is likely to be worse. Rainfall records for the past 24 hours, measured at 08:00 hours, today show the highest rainfall of 260.0mm was recorded at Railway line, Mahaicony in Region 5.
Despite a large amount of water receding after the record breaking rainfall, the team of officials which comprised, Public Works Minister Robeson Benn, Head of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Lionel Wordsworth, and other officials and engineers were busy ensuring that all pumps and drainage outfalls were working optimally to provide relief.
[Extracted and modified from GINA]