On May 20, 2021, severe flooding across Region Nine of Guyana (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) has affected over 15,000 persons, according to the Chairman of the region’s Regional Democratic Council (RDC), Brian Allicock.
This seasonal flooding is said to occur when water from the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil travels through the Rio Negro River to the Brancho River and, eventually, makes its way to Region Nine.
Water is still rising in some parts of the region and evacuation exercises are ongoing to remove persons from communities that are severely inundated.
There have been several reports about infrastructure being severely damaged; this includes roads, cassava farms, and farine and bread-making shops. Access roads are still inundated so a complete assessment is unlikely at this time.
The regional health authorities are also keeping a close watch on COVID-19 in the region, especially since many persons are now being displaced from their homes and placed into shelters. They are trying to reduce the number of persons per shelter.
Flooding was also reported in Regions Six and Ten, with approximately 30 households affected in Region Six and approximately 200 households affected in Region Ten. Continued rainfall is forecasted for the next several days in the region. References:
Photo : Guyana Chronicle
Residents Line up to receive food Photo: Shutterstock.com
Waves causing flooding , threaten sea wall Photo : twitter.com