Relief for Parika with opening of sluice

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Parika Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) has been able to bring relief to affected residents by opening the sluice doors, following the recent flooding caused by the spring tides in the Parika community.

In a telephone interview with the Department of Public information on Tuesday, NDC representative Jennetta Brandon said: “The water was high at one point but once we had the opportunity to open our sluice, we did and the water began to recede to our expectation… at least after 4 pm, everyone could see the difference.”

According to Brandon, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), along with the NDC, continues to monitor the situation and assist all, who require help during this period.

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has been actively engaging residents in vulnerable communities. Those in low-lying areas were urged to stay alert and take all necessary precautions, as the country would be experiencing unusually high tides from October 25 to October 30, 2019.

In a recent advisory issued by the CDC, during the October 25-30, 2019 period, the unusually high tides will peak at 3.31 metres. The advisory remains in effect during the aforementioned period.

Residents living along the coastline in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are advised to take the following precautions to minimise damage to property and prevent any health hazard.

  • Report any sea defence breaches
  • Place sandbags where needed.
  • Unplug all electrical items.
  • Place all essential documents in sealed plastic bags or containers and place these in a safe space.
  • Elevate all household furniture and appliances.
  • Relocate livestock to higher ground.
  • Create containerised storage for drinking and cooking water.
  • Use purification tablets as prescribed
  • Ensure children and the elderly stay clear of flooded water
  • Visit the nearest health centre if you experience any skin irritation or feel sick

The public is also advised to remain alert and aware of the water levels and the weather situation at all times. Floods, damage to sea defence and overtopping should be reported to the Civil Defence Commission on (592) 226-1114, 226-8815, 226-1027 or 225-5847, or their 24 Hours National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on (592) 623-1700 and 600-7500.

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