Private Sector, Gov’t launch fundraising appeal for flood affected countries

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Government of Guyana will be launching a national fundraising appeal in collaboration with the Private Sector to assist in the recovery efforts of the countries of the Eastern Caribbean that were affected by the torrential rains and high winds which caused deaths and severe damage to property and infrastructure over the period December 23 to 25.

Recently, President of Guyana Donald Ramotar expressed his intention to provide assistance to those flooded out countries.

“The Government of Guyana will continue to monitor the situation reports from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency with a view to supporting the recovery efforts of the affected Member States of the Eastern Caribbean,” a press statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry had stated.

It was noted that President Donald Ramotar in a telephone call on December 26 extended his sympathies to Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Dr. Kenny D Anthony, on the loss of lives and damage to property and infrastructure caused by the severe rains and heavy winds which swept over the Eastern Caribbean.

On account of communication difficulties, President Ramotar was unable to reach Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves to convey similar sentiments.

St Vincent and the Grenadines was also severely affected by the weather system with lives lost and several communities across the country affected by power outages and cut off by damaged bridges and blocked roads.

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