Torrential rainfall over the last 2 days has caused major flooding in the Guyana capital, Georgetown. According to WMO figures, Georgetown received 194 mm of rain in 24 hours. Local media say this is the highest amount in the last decade.
Local media reports say the flood water was between 30 cm and 50 cm deep in some areas. The Guyana Times also said that this was some of the worst flooding to hit the city since 2005. No deaths or injuries have been reported, however. Roads were blocked and strewn with garbage washed up by the flood water. Transport was particularly badly affected, prompting the Education Ministry to close schools.
Preparations had been made in anticipation of the coming rainy season, which usually runs from December to early February (Guyana’s second rainy season is from April to August). The country had recently completed a nationwide clean-up campaign to rid the streets of garbage. As part of this, Georgetown’s drainage canals and some waterways have been cleared out. Mobile pumps have also been acquired by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) for use during heavy rainfall. However, it seems the newly cleaned storms drains and mobile pumps were still unable to cope with the amount of rain over the last 2 days.