Psychosocial support to be provided to Regions Seven, Eight flood -affected residents

GINA, GUYANA, Monday, May 29, 2017

All flood-affected communities in Regions Seven and Eight, to date, have received food and medical supplies.

In an update provided to the Government Information Agency (GINA), Acting Director General, Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Major Kester Craig, said that in addition to the supplies, CDC will be collaborating with the Ministry of Social Protection to provide psychosocial support to the affected residents.

“Most of the residents speak in their native Amerindian language, therefore with this support those residents will also have a voice,” Major Craig explained.

Currently, the CDC is assisting the residents with the rehabilitation of their homes. “The residents prefer to rebuild their homes themselves, and we have started sending in the equipment to assist them in that regard. We sent tools, tarpaulins, and chain saws,” Craig explained.

The Guyana Defence Force recently concluded the assessment of the infrastructure and homes destroyed by the floodwater in the regions and the CDC will be using that information to assess long-term recovery measures. This will see some responsibilities handed over to the regions’ Regional Democratic Councils and Ministries that can assist with infrastructure and housing, Craig pointed out.

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has also rendered its support by providing water filtraters in both Regions Seven and Eight communities.

 

By: Ranetta La Fleur

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