As many as 25,000 households have now ben affected by widespread flooding in Guyana since mid-May according to the country’s Civil Defence Commission (CDC).
CDC has received reports of more than 25,000 households impacted by flooding in more than 300 communities across all regions of Guyana since 18 May 2021. By 21 May some 1,400 homes had been flooded. Recent estimated suggest between 7,000 and 8,000 homes have now been damaged.
President Dr Irfaan Ali has visited some of the affected areas in regions Three, Five, Six, Seven and Ten, in recent days.
“Many of our brothers and sisters across Guyana are faced with the worst disaster we have ever had, or they have ever had, in the history of our country,” the president said in a statement of 05 June, 2021. Thousands of farms have been severely impacted and livelihoods lost.
“This is going to take some doing to recover from; mining camps are empty, infrastructure in some instances, completely destroyed. Seeing it first hand gives you the full extent of the gravity of the situation that you’re faced with right now.”