GUYANA: Flooding in some areas as rains continue in mid-July 2022

NewsRoom Guyana -15 July 2022

Flooding at Alness Village (July 15, 2022)

Some communities are reporting flooding as a result of persistent and heavy rainfall overnight.

Richard Bhola and his family woke up on Friday to their yard and lower flat submerged.

Bhola of Alness Village, East-Berbice Corentyne, spoke with the News Room and said

“Since the season started, I had about six floods, I lost a lot.     this is the sixth time he is experiencing flooding this year only.

“Right now, my fridge is rotting and now I gotta move upstairs to my mother-in-law,” Bhola said. He lives in the lower flat with his wife and three children.

The man said raised his yard six inches, but despite his preparations, he is once again flooded.

“I tried to avoid it I cast downstairs, I raised it six inches but how much I can do?

He is calling on the authorities to engage in more flood control initiatives such as widening drains and making sure sluices are functional.

“I know we cannot control the rainfall but what we can do is to fix the things that cannot cause the water to flow up if we are not fixing the sluice then we are not getting anywhere,” Bhola related.

He explained that while he works as a carpenter, he also has a kitchen garden and rears poultry on a small scale.

“This season I lost a lot, I had 162 ducks and I left with about 30.”

Flooding was also reported in Chesney and Kilcoy villages in the East-Berbice, Corentyne region.

The current rainy season is expected to last until August.

Residents countrywide are advised to take all necessary precautions and to report any impacts to local authorities or the National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on 600-7500 or 226-1114 at any time.

Flooding at Alness Village (July 15, 2022)
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  • theonly  On 07/16/2022 at 5:38 pm

    This PPP government always making it rain when they in power.

  • Dennis Albert  On 07/17/2022 at 9:38 pm

    The Chinese businessmen and money launderers interviewed in VICE News will buy up the flood lands for millions of Guyana dollars. Sell it to them.

    The PPP sell out Guyana to the highest bidder while we get peanuts for we 20 billion barrels of oil.

  • Emily  On 07/20/2022 at 6:57 pm

    Why is flooding in Guyana getting worse? Didn’t Guyana get the worst flood ever last year?

    Guyanese have to move to higher ground. Living near the Atlantic Ocean or the river banks is a risky proposition.

  • Uncle Francis  On 07/22/2022 at 11:44 am

    For the past ten years or more, I have been checking Koker Outfalls – the short stretch of the canal between the koker and the river or ocean – and found that the majority of them are clogged-up, (in one, large trees are growing in it) and water struggling to get out to the river and ocean. I average that only about 30 % of the water gets out while Kokers are open. I’ve also spoken with a few Koker Attendants over time. One told me, “Bass, dem big man nah goh listen to me. Me ah only wan koker attendant!”

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