Flood surveillance system implemented
Guyana Chronicle
June 20, 2002

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CABINET at its meeting on Tuesday was given a comprehensive update on the flood situation on the coastal region which continues due to the seasonal rainfall, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon said yesterday.

He said Cabinet was advised about a much more involved surveillance system that had been introduced primarily because of the accumulation of flood waters at the Boeraserie Conservancy on the West Demerara and the East Demerara Water Conservancy.

Luncheon said that as a result, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and independently, the Joint Services entities, particularly the divisional heads of the Guyana Police Force, have been tasked with compiling, updating and submitting reports on the extent of flooding in their respective areas.

On the ground and in the involved communities and regions, he said the National Drainage and Irrigation Board and the Regional Administrations in Regions Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam); Three (West Demerara/Essequibo Islands); Four (Demerara/Mahaica); Five (Mahaica/Berbice); Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) and 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice), have been doing their own evaluation and assessments on the flood situation.

Luncheon told his regular post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the President that the National Drainage and Irrigation Board has been taking steps to improve the work of its flood control structures.

The accumulation of flood waters in the two conservancies has led to discharges (spilling over of water) and that has also contributed to the flooding, particularly in the low-lying and riverain areas, he said.

Assessments in those particular areas involving the communities, cash crop and livestock farmers are ongoing and the information is being utilised by the central agencies to properly plan and implement support mechanisms in those affected areas, Luncheon added.