Guyana President holds high-level meeting amid flood situation

Following the flooding situation in various areas of Guyana, the President of Guyana - Dr Irfaan Ali, called a high-level meeting with members of his cabinet and representatives of the Guyana Defence Force - GDF and the Civil Defence Commission - CDC.

Guyana: Following the flooding situation in various areas of Guyana, the President of Guyana – Dr Irfaan Ali, called a high-level meeting with members of his cabinet and representatives of the Guyana Defence Force – GDF and the Civil Defence Commission – CDC.

The meeting was conducted to discuss various ways in which the effects of the flood can be mitigated on low-lying housing areas and agriculture- (crops and livestock) and to ponder solutions.

Other officials who were present in the meeting were Prime Minister Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips and Vice President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who met at the Office of the President on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive.

The Minister of Home Affairs- Robeson Benn, Minister of Public Works – Juan Edghill, Gail Teixeira – Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance, Minister of Health – Dr Frank Anthony and representatives from the GDF, including Chief of Staff – Brigadier Godfrey Bess and Kester Craig- Head of the Civil Defence Commission, were also present at the meeting.

Prior to the end of the meeting, President Ali left with a team to examine the flood situation at the Mahaicony Creek area. There he visited First Savannah, Water Dog Creek and Gordon Table, where he evaluated, first-hand, the effects of the floodwaters on livestock, crops and the houses of the inhabitants of the region.

The President was accompanied by Brigadier Bess and Mr Craig. Earlier, several government officials have visited flood-affected areas over the last few days, including Prime Minister Phillips, who toured to Black Bush Polder in Berbice.

The island is currently facing severe rainfall in several regions of the country, and the Hydrometeorological Service, have further provided the information that heavy rainfall would likely to be continued over the next few days.

The President has also stated that the government would provide the essential services to the people in the affected areas and do its best to tackle the flood situation in Guyana.