GUYANA: Georgetown businesses count millions in losses after severe flooding

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An employee cleans up water from a store (News Room)

Businesses in Georgetown are counting millions of dollars losses, as well as an interruption to business, due to severe flooding from intense rainfall on Wednesday.

Up until Thursday, businesses were still trying to get rid of accumulated water and see what goods and materials can be salvaged.  Residents of Georgetown also suffered major losses and damages to their homes.

A visit around the City by the News Room saw a number of businesses closed while others remained open and were preparing for another flood.

Flooding in Georgetown on Wednesday (Photo: News Room/November 04, 2020)

The National Weather Watch Centre advised that the current weather pattern will continue until Sunday, November 8, while the authorities have been working to ensure pumps and sluices are operating to reduce the risk of flooding.

Dominique Dolphin, an employee at J’s Enterprise on South Road, Georgetown explained that every time it rains the store is flooded so they took precautions early and packed all goods and products on wooden bars.

“The weather was very tedious and there was a lot of hazard in the water, a lot of time was spent cleaning with a lot of detergents used especially with the coronavirus going on we have to try to be safe as much as possible,” Dolphin said.

Some businesses remain closed while cleaning up the damage from the flood waters.

A businesswoman on King Street, Nafeesah further explained that she had to dump approximately $500,000 in shoes because of the flood.

“I am really disappointed in the City Council because every time the rain falls the water rises and they should have put measures in place before because yesterday when I came here my store was underwater and I had a lot of damages,” the businesswoman said.

The woman further explained that the store level was raised three times because of the amount of the flood the area experiences.

“The businesses bring revenue into the country and when we are affected in this way there is no way we can go on. I lost like $500,000 because my shoes and my sneakers are G$7,000 and G$8,000 per pair and when it is soaked underwater for an entire day you cannot sell to customers.”

Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture Zulfikar Mustapha has assured that engineers and technical officers will be working round the clock to ensure all pumps and sluices are functioning in Georgetown and across the country.

The intensity of the downpour on Tuesday night in a short period of time contributed to the severe flooding in the city.

The country is in transition for a secondary rainy season which usually starts mid-November and ends in January.

rainy season which usually starts mid-November and ends in January.

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  • WIC  On November 6, 2020 at 1:12 am

    So sorry to learn of these losses which are now a part of life in Georgetown and the coasts of Guyana. While I have mentioned this before, the fact is that with the continuing rise in sea levels around the world, floods in Guyana in the areas currently affected, will continue to occur. The solution is to commence re-locating the Capital to the near interior of the country somewhere off the upper Demerara rIver, the Cheddi Jagan Airport and Linden. Brazil commencing over 60 years ago did it with Brasilia and with oil money becoming available in the near future, the Central Guyana Govt. should commence the project without delay.

    • Dennis Albert  On November 6, 2020 at 8:00 am

      Sugar cane can’t grow on sand or red soil. The PPP would rather let the coastline flood to grow rice and sugar than to think like everyone who has a brain.

      • the only  On November 6, 2020 at 7:19 pm

        STOP YOU ARE BECOMING A REAL A. H.

      • Dennis Albert  On November 7, 2020 at 8:16 pm

        Name-calling and ALL CAPS.
        Who are you Mister?
        Yuh sniffing the cocaine dat exporting to dem Dutch man in Belguim?

    • Malcolm Cliffe  On November 6, 2020 at 10:06 am

      I agree. The capital should be relocated. Brazil did it. It was expensive but created jobs for the people.

  • ndtewarie  On November 6, 2020 at 10:50 am

    GUYANESE WON’T COOPERATE TO MOVE THE CAPITAL. too many navel strings are buried on the coastlands.
    THE MASTERS OF SEA DEFENCES -THE DUTCH- SHOUD BE CONSULTED IN IMPROVING THE SEA WALLS.
    TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE OR PERISH! GUYANESE MAKE A CHOICE.

  • wally n  On November 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Before you load up your wheel barrows to move the city (ETA 2420) first fix the drainage. You are covering all the natural drainage (green spaces) with your big concrete houses, why do I say that, well Toronto has the same problem, just received a notice they will be upgrading my area, this after the public refused to accept the fake “climate” (weather! weather!) change crap.You know give me all your money so we can fix this…… in fifty years!
    Please stop with call in the Dutch, new world, better technology. Stop dreaming just start moving lil dutty at a time. Guyanese can fix anything.

  • brandli62  On November 10, 2020 at 9:33 am

    I agree with Wally. The flooding was caused by massive rainfall in a short period of time. What’s needed is improved drainage, canals cleared from garbage, and functional sluices. We’ll get the Dutch to suggest improvements to the see walls to fight the raising sea levels.

  • wally n  On November 10, 2020 at 11:30 am

    So much depends on costs. When some of the suggestions seem so obvious, you must assume that the Government was/is aware. Regarding drainage there are boring machines that can tunnel through very fast, maybe possible to parallel old system or create new ones. Here in Toronto there are massive machines presently boring subway tunnels in relatively short periods.
    I can’t see moving the capital, any time soon,too much involved. I sure they considered raising the wall height, I just know that in some countries they were forced to give back the beach to the sea. Not losing much sleep anyway.

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