Guyana to receive emergency aid from EU

Guyana island is expected to receive emergency assistance from the European Union - EU. This aid would be provided under the Civil Protection Mechanism of the EU.

Guyana: Guyana island is expected to receive emergency assistance from the European Union – EU. This aid would be provided under the Civil Protection Mechanism of the EU.

Civil Protection Mechanism aims to improve prevention, preparedness and response to the disasters during an emergency that destroys local response capabilities of the affected nation.

Director-General of the Civil Defence Commission – CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, gave the update to Ms Evelina Melbarzde – Chargé d’ Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union in Guyana, on the Level 2 Flood Disaster that has been reported in the country.

The Senior Preparedness Officer of CDC – Captain Lakshman Persaud, and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer – Olive Gopaul were also present in the meeting.

DURING THE MEETING, the EU Chargé d’ Affaires invited Guyana to request for the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism (EU CPM) to be activated.

The Chargé d’ Affairs, during the meeting, stated that “Once the Mechanism is activated, the support is coordinated amongst thirty-four nations who participated in the EU CPM. I would invite you to formulate your request and tell us what exactly would be needed.”

Ms Melbarzde further provided the information that the CDC, “If this mechanism were launched, it would not be linked to any EU projects that are currently being implemented in Guyana.”

By joining together, the civil protection functions and capabilities, the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism provides for a more healthy and more consistent collective response. In addition, there are, for now, six participating countries to the Civil Protection Mechanism, which include – Iceland, Norway, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Turkey nation.

Guyana island is currently facing a flood situation. Many regions of the nation have suffered massive loss because of the heavy rainfall and flood. Although, the government of Guyana has assured its citizens to provide proper flood relief assistance to the flood-affected areas and people.