PNCR expresses concern over flood situation

The opposition party, PNCR - People's National Congress Reform, in a press release statement expressed serious concern about the Guyanese government’s reply to the tenacious May -June flood situation in several communities across the island.

Guyana: The opposition party, PNCR – People’s National Congress Reform, in a press release statement expressed serious concern about the Guyanese government’s reply to the tenacious May -June flood situation in several communities across the island.

PNCR stated, “All Guyanese are aware that ‘the May -June rains never fail’ and the combination of heavy rainfall, high tides, and poor planning for this annual event has been a national disaster.”

“The PPP administration’s reply to the widespread but expected flooding – in the Barima-Waini, Pomeroon-Supenaam, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, Demerara-Mahaica, Mahaica-Berbice, East Berbice-Corentyne, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Rupununi, and Upper Demerara-Berbice Regions – has been lazy and far from satisfactory,” PNCR further added.

PNCR also asserted that “It calls for the continuous, countrywide communication of weather warnings through the – Regional Public Broadcasting Service- RPBS stations which were established by the Coalition to inform hinterland regions of emergencies such as the present floods.”

The party has further called for an immediate establishment of a national inter-agency task force which would permit Regional Democratic Councils – RDCs, Neighbourhood Democratic Councils – NDCs, municipalities, stakeholders and related agencies for sharing the information, receive relief, to improve drainage infrastructure and reduce the risk of further flooding during this terrible COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Following the press release statement, the party added, “PNCR calls on the PPP administration to take immediate steps to relieve the distress faced by citizens currently affected by the flood.”

“It is regrettable that many citizens have reported damage to their homes and businesses, and farmers have lost cash crops and their livestock. Thankfully, there have been no reports of deaths or injuries,” PNCR concluded.

Besides this, some residents of the flood-affected area – Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder burnt tires over the flood situation in frustration.

The agriculture minister of Guyana has assured to help the farmers who have been affected by the situation and informed that they have already sent machines to each village to assist with clearing the back drains.