CDC delivers relief hampers to affected residents in Reg. 6
DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, August 11, 2020
To aid flood-affected residents residing between Number 53 to 58 Villages, in East Berbice-Corentyne, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) distributed several sanitisation hampers to assist them in returning their homes to normalcy.
Over the weekend, many homes and farms in the communities were inundated following heavy rains.
The exercise was executed in less than 24-hours following a visit to the area by several Government Officials including Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Zulfikar Mustapha, and Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Hon. Nigel Dharamlall, on Sunday last.
CDC’s Senior Response Officer, Captain Salim October, who was also part of the team visiting the region, explained that following an assessment, it was noted that Number 53, 54 and 58 villages were the most severely affected communities.
“The CDC, working alongside the NDC and RDC has been engaging in an exercise to bring relief to the most impacted residents by providing them with cleaning hampers. This is to help return their homes to normalcy,” Captain October explained.
Residents welcomed the swift response from the Ministers and the support from the CDC.
Resident Michael Ross expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the Government. He posited that he can always count on the CDC whenever there is a disaster.
“I want to thank the CDC for this because as you can see what is going on in the yard here. It was only this morning I get some relief because of the work done by the excavator,” Ricardo Caravio, another resident, told the Department of Public Information (DPI).
The Government, through the Agriculture sector, has promised to render health assistance to those flooded areas.
The team is expected to arrive soon to sensitise the residents on preventative measures which can be taken to maintain their health during flood situations.