SUBJECT: Flooding in Regional Democratic Council (RDC) – Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo (Region 9), Guyana.
Date: June 13, 2011
There has been continuous heavy rainfall in Region 9 and in the Roraima State of Brazil resulting in the Rio Branco, Ireng and Takutu Rivers overflowing their banks. As a result of this event, Lethem and its environs and other low lying areas of Region 9 have become inundated with flood water.
The Hydrometeorological Department of the Ministry of Agriculture forecasted that Region 9 can expect mostly cloudy conditions with occasional showers for the rest of the week. The completion of the works on the road, bridges, and culverts by the Ministry of Public Works and Communication and hired contractors is expected to make the road from Kurupurari to Lethem passable. The massive rain clouds in the Roraima state of Brazil are being monitored.
A total of sixty one (61) Amerindian communities in Central, South Central, North, Deep South and South Pakararaimas have been impacted by the floods in Region 9. Water continues to recede in all of the impacted areas, with the most significant decrease in Central Rupununi which includes Lethem and its immediate environs.