Minister Benn meets with Geological specialist to derive possible solutions regarding Earthquake assessment and impact

Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Robeson Benn today met with a team comprising  of Geological Specialist from University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), to address the January 31st Earthquake impact in the South Savannahs communities of Aishalton, Katoonarib and Sawariwau.

The objective of the meeting was to plot a way forward with respect to the impact of the Earthquake and  to  discuss  possible support  and assessments  needed  to alleviate villagers’ fears of the aftershocks.

Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Robeson Benn and team

The meeting addressed inter- alia, the risk assessments necessary for damage in the affected communities, and the need for scientific monitoring and surveys to be done, with the detailed geological mapping of the affected areas.

Present at the meeting were Professor Lloyd Lynch and team from UWI, Director- General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, and team, Javed Baksh and team from (GGMC).

The Minister also noted, the need for Civil Engineers to advise on the way buildings are constructed in the affected communities so as to improve resilience.