Georgetown, Guyana – (January 18, 2018) Stakeholders in Potaro-Siparuni, Region Eight, are now better equipped to prepare for and respond to emergencies within the Region as the Civil Defence Commission, last week, concluded the Orientation Session and Tabletop Exercise in partnership with the Regional Democratic Council (RDC).
Residents on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) are assured of adequate preparations for flood prevention during the May/June rains.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Frederick Flatts, in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) said new pump stations at Enmore, Friendship/Vigilance, and Lusignan are in an advanced state of completion.
The steering committee established to spearhead the recovery process of countries hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, in September of 2017, have been moving ahead in the venture, information coming out from the CARICOM Secretariat stated.
Following the successful staging of the CARICOM-UN High-Level Pledging Conference at UN Headquarters in New York on November 21, 2017, the Steering Committee has continued to meet with a renewed focus on translating pledges into concrete programmes and initiatives.
Georgetown, Guyana – (January 10, 2017) The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) through funding to the tune of US$15,000 from the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) has commenced the implementation of the pilot Youth Engagement for Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Project in three regions across Guyana.
DPI Guyana, Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Several communities were flooded following recent heavy rainfall, however, according to the Acting Director of Civil Defense Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig these are all-natural hazards and have not reached a state of disaster. This, he said, is largely due to the plan and regional systems put in by the National Disaster Risk Management System.
Residents and farmers of Mocha on the East Bank of Demerara and Ithaca, West Coast Berbice are soon to benefit from drainage and irrigation works aimed at reducing flooding and improving access to lands situated aback the communities.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at a December 29, Post Cabinet Media brief said the projects will cost a total $338,883 Million.
Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder on Sunday led a team of officials to areas in Canal No. 1 and 2 on the West of Bank Demerara to assess flooded agricultural areas and implement immediate interventions to assist farmers in the affected communities.
During the visit, the Minister and team interacted with farmers and residents of the villages, as they sought to look at alternatives which would bring immediate relief to those affected.
DPI, Guyana, Friday, December 29, 2017
The Regional authorities of the West Demerara – Essequibo Islands Region have conducted assessments into the recent flooding of Canal Number One. Reports indicated that due to increased rainfall over the last week, lowing-lying areas including the conservancy dam at Canal Number One have been flooded.
DPI, Guyana, Friday, December 29, 2017
In light of the existing weather, Minister of State Joseph Harmon is assuring that the National Emergency Monitoring system remains activated on a 24-hour basis with the ten administrative regions being actively monitored.
The Minister, who was speaking during his post-cabinet press conference, said monitoring is being conducted via social media, television, HF radios, mobile and landline telephones to ensure that there is a timely and effective response to any incident, with respect to the heavy rainfall.
DPI Guyana, Thursday, December 28, 2017
Officials from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) and Region Three, visited Canal No. 1 on Thursday and begun delivering assistance to some 200 families, whose homes and farmlands were extremely affected by the recent heavy rainfall.
Director General Acting, Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Major Kester Craig, who visited the homes of several residents, said that CDC is currently mobilising sanitation supplies to be distributed to the most affected persons.
In light of expected heavy and continuous rainfall across the country, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) wishes to advise the public that there is a high risk of water accumulations and/or flooding in low-lying areas and those with poor drainage.
The public is advised to take all necessary precautions to protect yourselves, your family, your homes and animals from the imminent threat of flooding.
– Elevate all items and appliances from the ground level to prevent damage, especially if flood waters usually enter your home or property.
Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder today said Climate Change adaptation is of urgent concern to Guyana and the Caribbean region and called for more preparedness to counter the effects of increased disasters, resulting from predicted growing changes and variability in climate.
Georgetown, Guyana – (November 7, 2017) President David Granger, this morning, said that the Government of Guyana welcomes the $10M donation from ExxonMobil Guyana and their partners Hess and Nexen towards this country’s relief effort for countries affected by the devastating storms during the current Hurricane season, which ends on November 30. The donation was handed over to Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, who holds responsibility for the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) just before the start of this week’s Cabinet meeting at the Ministry of the Presidency today.
Relief was palpable on Tuesday evening, when sixteen more nationals returned to Guyana, from storm-battered St Maarten via Trans Guyana Airways, to the Eugene F. Correira International Airport at Ogle.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon explained the joint effort between the government, private sector and civil defense commission along with several local citizens aims to assist Guyanese in the severely damaged territories.
The Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) in collaboration with Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation (CARILEC) has extended its assistance to the Caribbean territories affected by hurricane Irma.
GPL’s Public Relations Officer, Shevion Sears explained to the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the power company has deployed a team of network technicians to Anguilla to assist with the rehabilitation of the electricity network that was destroyed by hurricane Irma.
Approximately eighty-three Guyanese nationals who reside in the Caribbean and have been affected by the recent hurricanes will soon return home.
At a post-cabinet press briefing, the media were informed that local airline, Jags Aviation Incorporated, Roraima Airways, Fly Jamaica Airways, Air Services Limited, Hopkinson Mining Aviation have all donated their services to aid in the transportation of affected persons, free of cost.
Georgetown, Guyana – (October 3, 2017) Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, today, inspected six containers, valued at approximately $20 million in relief supplies, which are at the Guyana National Industrial Company (GNIC) wharf awaiting shipment to the islands of Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica, which were severely affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria last month.
In an effort to coordinate relief for Guyanese nationals affected by Hurricane Irma a Guyana Needs Assessment Team today met with the Guyanese community in St Maarten. The group will travel to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands tomorrow to execute a similar mission.
The Team was warmly received by the Guyanese community despite the difficult circumstances.
DPI, GUYANA, Friday, July 7, 2017
“We will do all that is within our power to ensure that our people are comfortable, and that they are protected from the vagaries of weather,” this was stated by Minister of State Joseph Harmon at a Post Cabinet Press Briefing today.
Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder and Director General of the CDC Colonel (ret’d) Chabilall Ramsarup today at post cabinet briefing.
DPI/GINA, GUYANA, Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) of Regions Five and Six are working to bring relief to flood affected communities in their respective regions