[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Private Sector Commission (PSC) says its confidence in flood control mechanisms have been demised following deep flooding in the Capital, Georgetown and other Regions following heavy rainfall last night and this morning.
The Body says that while the quantum of rainfall may have been unusual for the time period it fell and natural causes will obviously be blamed as in the past, it is concerned that once again it seems that the leaders of the nation have been caught off guard.
“Rainfall has once again resulted in major floods in the City of Georgetown and Coastal Plains of Guyana and the business entities and poor households will once again suffer hundreds of millions of dollars in losses,” the Body observed in a statement.
“This situation is unfolding even after the millions being spent on the Doppler weather stations; hundreds of millions spent on drainage and irrigation annually, billions spent on the significantly delayed Hope Canal Project and the Billion Dollar currently being spent on the cleanup campaign,” the statement noted.
To this end, the PSC has joined with others to call on the on the Government, both central and local, to provide urgently the necessary assistance to ensure:
- That the areas affected are drained as soon as is practical. (The Private Sector will explore opportunities to assist).
- Support provided to aid clean up and recovery of households affected.
- Adequate systems are put in place to facilitate advisories being sent out to the public with regards to the expectations of the next few days.
- Assessment of damages for possible financial assistance to aid recovery of those affected and uninsured must be considered.
- Medical advisories are sent out so that additional disasters are not ignited.
The PSC is of the view that the flooding is as a result of both a natural phenomenon and a governance problem.
The PSC recommended that for the governance problem, a national inquiry must be done this time to ensure that the true causes for the various lapses in the systems can be identified so that the alert and reaction processes can be improved in the future.