Region 5 communities remain under water

first_img– regional officials meet residents, farmersBy Shemuel FanfairAs the flood situation continues across communities in Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica), RegionalScene from Moraikobai’s flooding on TuesdayDemocratic Council officials on Wednesday met with residents and farmers in the communities of Lovely Lass, Trafalgar and Union to address their concerns.Officials also met with affected residents of Moraikobai on Tuesday.These meetings came in light of statements made by aggrieved residents who expressed that the regional administration was doing “little or nothing” to address their plight.Region Five Chairman Vickchand Ramphal told Guyana Times that the water level remains high in many of the areas and some cash crop plots are being destroyed.He further opined that livestock is also being affected in three areas which is severely threatening the livelihoods of farmers and the economy of the region as a whole.The Chairman noted that in Trafalgar, the canal and sluice is heavily silted. To this end, it was observed that the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) installed a hydraulic pump. Ramphal however cautioned that this pump is insufficient to handle the amount of water on the land.Guyana Times was told that the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) will soon provide an additional pump but no clear date has been given for this installation. Meanwhile, this newspaper was told that a medical team will be deployed to affected areas and relevant agencies such as the Civil Defence Commission and the Agriculture Ministry have been notified of the crisis.On Tuesday, reports surfaced of flooding in Lovely Lass, Mahaica, due to a faulty pump which was installed by MMA/ADA. This publication reported that residents felt the region had “turned a deaf ear” on their plight to have the issue discussed with MMA/ADA.It was noted that the heavy downpours over the last few days caused this situation to escalate to the point where some of the roads began to deteriorate. Ernest Mona, one affected resident, told this newspaper that in addition to a faulty pump, the general drainage in the area is in dire need of attention. According to Mona, the residents raised the issue with Councillors who reportedly informed that it was not their place to address the flooding situation. The man further remarked that residents who are living on the dams are feeling the full brunt since that part of the area is especially affected.Regional Chairman Ramphal had confirmed that a solution was not in the hands of the region’s administration since the pump had been placed by the MMA/ADA. He also pointed out that the area is generally prone to flooding so the effects are extended, as the faulty pumps compound the problem.Over the last few weeks, Guyana Times has been highlighting the challenges which communities in Region Five have been facing as a result of being inundated. It was noted that more resources are needed to alleviate the flooding.A breached dam along the Perth Canal in Branch Road, Mahaicony, led to significant acreages of rice lands being inundated earlier in May. Farmers there had the costly undertaking of having to pump water out of their rice lands.last_img read more

Govt hands over $16M river ambulance to Region 10

first_imgThe Health Ministry on Tuesday handed over a river ambulance to the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) administration.Health Minister Volda Lawrence, while speaking at the handing over ceremony, said that the river ambulance will aid in ensuring residents of the Berbice River and Kwakwani areas access timely healthcare at the highest medical institution in that region, the Linden Hospital Complex.The river ambulance which was supplied by MeditronThis, Minister Lawrence said, forms part of the Ministry’s mandate in making healthcare accessible to all regions of the country. The new water ambulance supplied by Meditron (Guyana) is a 16 feet, 200 horsepower boat equipped to administer the necessary services to a patient suffering from respiratory and other medical conditions.It has the capacity to accommodate four persons inclusive of two medical staff and a driver and a large storage area for oxygen tanks and other medical supplies.Prior to this, Minister Lawrence said persons in need of medical attention were limited to the services of health centres and the Kwakwani Hospital. However, the river ambulance will assist residents of those areas to access more adequate healthcare.Lawrence said that just last year the Ministry introduced these river ambulances in various parts of the country. The initiative started in Orealla, Siparuta and other adjoining communities of the Berbice River and Bartica where they also have a river ambulance servicing that region as well as Region Two areas.Meanwhile, Regional Health Officer of Region 10, Dr Pansy Armstrong welcomed the addition and emphasised that having a second boat to service the areas will result in easier and timelier access to healthcare among the growing population in those communities. This, she noted, will be utilised in the communities so as to ensure that an ambulance is always available to execute services to those in need even if the other is being used in an emergency.last_img read more