Guyana Floods – Over 100mm of Rain in 24 Hours in Georgetown

Authorities in Guyana are reporting that excessive levels of rain have fallen in parts of the country since 18 June 2015, resulting in floods in the regions of East Berbice-Corentyne (region 6), Demerara-Mahaica (region 4), including Guyana, and some areas of Mahaica-Berbice (region 5), which was already experiencing floods in areas around the upper reaches of the Mahaicony River.

Georgetown saw approximately 106.3mm of rainfall in 24 hours to 19 June 2015, according to the Hydro-meteorological office, with 27.9 mm of rain falling between 08:00 and 10:00 hrs.

The heavy rain flooded streets of the capital and nearby coastal communities. No fatalities have been reported. Persons living in low-lying areas are being advised to take all necessary precautions to protect their children, homes, property and health during this period of excessive rainfall.

Georgetown Flood Prevention

Guyana’s National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) carried out checks on drainage facilities in Albouystown, South Ruimveldt and other areas, and also began work on de-silting of the Liliendaal outfall and nearby canals. At least 5 pumps have been in operation along the Demerara River.

Floods in Georgetown, Guyana, 19 June 2015. Photo: GINA
Floods in Georgetown, Guyana, 19 June 2015. Photo: GINA