SUBJECT: Flooding in several regions in Guyana
Continuous rainfall commenced in Guyana on Saturday January 28, 2012 to present. This resulted in flooding in several communities in Region 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, particularly, those communities located on the Coastal Plain and along the, Abary, Mahaica, and Mahaicony rivers. The water in East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) reached its critical level and water is being released periodically during the low rides into the Mahaica River through the Maduni Sluice into the Maduni Creek. The release of water in the Mahaica River is exacerbating the flooding already experienced by the communities along the Mahaica and Mahaicony Rivers.
The Hydrometeorological Department of the Ministry of Agriculture forecasted general cloudy conditions are expected with scattered to heavy showers with periods of intermittent showers in Region 1 to 6, 8 and 10 today with rainfall expected between 0.0mm and 25.0mm.
Additionally, for the rest of the week, the country especially the coastal regions can expect cloudy conditions with moderate showers.
The flooding of communities along the Mahaica and Mahaicony Rivers is more than likely to get worst in the next 24 hours as result of the release of water in the Mahaica River.
Total loss, and the total number of persons affected to date, are yet to be determined.