GUYANA: Most Regions Remain Flooded; G$10B (app $US 45M) in funding planned to address flooding

Guyana Map showing Regions


Despite a respite in some areas, floodwater remained at significant levels in most of the country’s regions yesterday as authorities continued to mobilise help for victims.

Residential and farm lands along the riverine villages in regions 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are the worst affected and the respective Regional Chairs have concluded that these communities will face economic hardships in the coming months as the floods have decimated the livelihoods of many.

G$10B (app $US 45M) in supplemental funding being sought to address flooding            

The Government of Guyana will be utilising the resumption of the sitting of the National Assembly to seek G$10 billion – (app $US 45M)- in supplementary funding to address issues stemming from the ongoing floods, which have affected more than 25,000 households in at least 300 communities countrywide.

According to Vice-President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, the additional monies will be used to rebuild and repair public infrastructures such as roads and bridges that have been destroyed by floodwater. Earlier in the week, Public Works Minister, Juan Edghill told the Guyana Chronicle that a countrywide assessment was underway to determine the level of damage that was done, and to estimate the cost of emergency repairs. During a broadcast programme aired on Monday night via “GlobeSpan 24x 7”, Dr. Jagdeo said that the funds at reference will also enable the government to respond to the needs of those whose livelihoods have been devastated by this unprecedented flooding.

“It would help us to give enough help to the farmers; the miners, all of those who have had their livelihoods disrupted, so we can give them some help to get back to productive activities,” the Vice-President posited.

He said, too, that a portion of the monies will be spent on intensifying the government’s ongoing flood-relief efforts, which has seen the distribution of some 30,000 food, sanitary and medical hampers. Farmers have also been assisted with seeds, feed and other necessities for their crops and livestock.
“I can understand the level of frustration and the concerns that people have, but I can assure people that the government will assist,” Jagdeo asserted.

The Member of Parliament also referenced the role of the Northern Relief Channel at Hope/Dochfour, on the East Coast Demerara, which has continued to safeguard Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) from the possibility of any catastrophic flooding.
In its early stages, the project, widely referred to as ‘Hope Canal’, had been heavily criticised by members of the Opposition, and some groups who all said that the discharge channel “would not work”.

With Guyana situated below sea-level, Jagdeo said that the country’s infrastructural transformation will have to be done in a manner which seeks to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Specifically, Jagdeo related the government’s intention to “open up” more savannah lands in Berbice, which he said will have to be done in such a way as to safeguard persons and their investments from the threat of flooding. “[We] will have to build bypass canals,” the Vice-President noted.

He projected that so far, it is likely that the floods have put a massive dent in the country’s economy, which has managed to record positive growth, even amidst a global health crisis.

“More importantly, this loss represents a devastating impact at the personal level, because people see their entire livelihood washed away or damaged,” Jagdeo said.
Asked to provide an update on the current weather projections, the Vice-President said, “We have had unusual levels of rainfall and extreme high tides, and tomorrow, I am told, the next wave of high tides will start. This will further complicate matters; the forecast is ‘iffy’. We hope that the rain will subside, so that we can return to economic activities.”

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  • Chris Prashad  On 06/09/2021 at 4:16 pm

    From what I see here. $10 billion G is not enough to meet the needs of all of us who have been impacted by this cyclic abnormal flooding and weather phenomena which is global, I can see this as a long drawn out process with the clowns in parliament and thousands of those in dire needs right now will not receive relief in time, There is much more funds available for the asking but those in high places need to get off their arses and meet with the people in groups to determine their needs, prepare proposals and detailed lists of fund requirements to remedy the situation in each community. Then the President and/or Vice President will have the detailed requirements to submit to the Trustee of the Key Integrated Monetary System (Kimberley Ann Goguen) for immediate emergency funding. Hundreds of millions are available for this and each group will have to show how the funds are spent for THEIR benefits, Every dollar has to be accounted for. No one will be allowed to line their pockets, so those who have ulterior motives beware. The quantum AI system is capable of reading your thoughts and intentions long before you act and the consequences will not be pretty.
    The funds have no strings attached, It belongs to the people and Kim is willing to work with all honest and willing government officials and/or agencies to provide relief to the people. Every region should have a detailed proposal for funding to meet the needs of the people and must include funding for all required infrastructure works that will benefit the people – yes all the people – not political affiliates, The President and/or Vice President should contact Kim immediately regarding this emergency need at
    (Att: Kim Goguen – Very Urgent Matter } in the subject line and state the reasons for this contact. It’s time Government officials stop pussyfooting on matters that will be of great benefit for the people and get in touch with Kim ASAP.
    Stop sucking it up to the deep state psychopaths who have nothing to offer except destruction and chaos. Funds are available for all infrastructure projects – roads. bridges, drainage and irrigation, sea defenses etc These are funds that belong to the people, funds that the deep-state psychopaths have stolen from the Global Repository and most of which have been recovered by the Present Trustee, funds that can be classified as grants not loans that have to be paid back.
    I sent out warnings several times for the Guyana government officials to remove our oil revenue from the Federal Reserve bank of New York and place it in a safer place not connected with the old draconian banking system which is bankrupt – over 2000% in negative liquidity. It seems that no one is listening, A very rude awakening will greet you when you are ready to make substantial withdrawals.
    you have been warned again,,, What is the status of The Bank of GUYANA ? Is it controlled by the Cabals also? Time to kick these bastards out of the country if they are,
    Hopefully someone here who read this can get this message/info to the right officials who have the balls to take action on behalf of the Guyanese people.

  • Dennis Albert  On 06/11/2021 at 5:03 am

    Flooding like never before:

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