Civil Defence Commission receives over GY$16M in items for hurricane-ravaged islands

Georgetown, Guyana – (September 27, 2017) The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) today, received over GY$16M worth of much needed relief supplies from the members of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), which will be shipped to the hurricane-ravaged islands including Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica. This is in addition to the US$100,000, which has been donated by the Government of Guyana to the relief efforts.

Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup, Director General of the CDC, Mr. Desmond Sears, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Ms. Elizabeth Alleyne, Executive Director of the PSC and the representatives from some of the organisations during the handing over today.

At a simple handing over ceremony held at the office of the PSC, Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Desmond Sears, said that the Private sector has heeded the call by the Government to contribute in whatever way it can, to bring relief to the thousands of persons who have been left without food, clothing, shelter and other basic amenities in the wake of Hurricane Irma and Maria.

Director General of the CDC, Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup in brief remarks, said that the Commission is grateful for the contributions, as it will go a long way in assisting those persons who have been affected.

“We are very heartened by the contributions, which have been put together by you, the members of the Private Sector Commission. We are very, very grateful for this and on behalf of the CDC and the Government of Guyana, we say a heartfelt thank you,” he said.

As it is, the CDC is in the process of packing several containers, which are expected to leave Guyana on Saturday morning September 30, 2017 for Antigua and Dominica. Given the volume of contributions received, Guyana is looking to send approximately 10 containers of supplies. This is in addition to the 2,900 pounds of supplies, which were sent last week on a chartered plane to the affected islands.

The CDC and the Disaster Risk Reduction Platform are still encouraging members of the public to contribute to this process.   The CDC has established the ‘CIVIL DEFENSE COMMISSION IRMA RECOVERY FUND’ at the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) and the Republic Bank Limited (RBL) to aid this process. Three other accounts at the local banks are expected to be set up in the coming days.

Persons who wish to donate can make deposits to the IRMA RECOVERY FUND at the GBTI to account number 011802489012 and the IRMA RECOVERY FUND at RBL to account number 651-993-8.

Below is a list of the contributions thus far:


No. Company Cash Kind Value GY$ Comment
1 Rubis Guyana 1,042,180 1,042,180
2 Beni Sankar 1 ton frozen fish 1,000,000
3 Sterling Products 50 cases of laundry soap

100 cases of powdered detergent

4 Edward B. Beharry US$25000 Pasta, confectionery and spices 5,225,000 1 40’ Container
5 Silvie’s Variety Store 1 3000 Watt Generator 84,600
6 Patsan Trading Services 14 cases Diapers

5 cases Mixed vegetable

2 cases toothbrushes

5 cases insecticide

7 Guyana Industrial Minerals 100,000 100,000
8 GAICO Construction Incorporated, Dredging & Marine Department US$12000 2,508,000 Chartered a plane
9 Guyana Stockfeeds 4 tons of rice 602,000
10 Banks DIH Limited Water and Biscuit 1,998,000
11 Nand Persaud and Company 2 tones rice 209,000
12 National Hardware 90 Tarpaulins 450,000
13 Muneshwar’s Limited 40 Tarpaulins 67,000
14 Gafoors 70 Tarpaulins 90,000
15 Demerara Tobacco Company 50 Tarpaulins 84,000
16 Toolsie Persaud Limited 82 Tarpaulins 352,200
17 Kaieteur News 500,000 500,000
18 NAMILCO 5 tons flour

300 pounds flour


Supplies stockpiled at the CDC’s Headquarters for shipping to the affected islands .

Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup, Director General of the Civil Defence Commission expresses his gratitude to the representatives from Banks DIH Limited.



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