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Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill indicated that the Government will “soon look at a permanent solution to the flooding situation in Kwakwani, Upper Demerara-Berbice (Region 10) and that a report will be made to the Cabinet on the situation.
On Saturday, the Minister visited several riverine communities namely: Kwakwani Waterfront, Ladern’s Ville (Aroaima), and Hururu. At the Waterfront, the Minister met with affected residents from that area and from Lamp Island, where he addressed the situation and the Government’s intended approach. Minister Edghill assured residents that beyond the assistance of food and cleaning supplies, shelters have already been set up by the CDC to accommodate families that have been severely affected.
Meanwhile, on the reccurring flooding , the Minister described the situation as distressing.
“We have gone full circle here like we were earlier in the year, and this is distressing because earlier in the year we came and we thought that was a one-off phenomenon but it’s clear that it was not a one-off phenomenon, we have water at heights here again that we have to address.”
“The First thing you have raised with me is a discussion that we ought to have in a more informed and enlightened way because you can’t be in the low place and every time the river rises you are flooded, like the way you are flooded now.”
Minister Edghill said the government would look at ways of improving this situation. “You can’t trick the system when water is high you flood, you want to move to the highland, so you get a room on the highland, and when the water is not high you come back. If we move people from the low waterfront area to the highland, that means we cannot continue to have people living the way they are living right now. That is why I said we need to have a more informed and enlightened conversation,” he stated.
Earlier this week, the overtopping of creeks and rivers, due to periodic heavy rainfall left many homes in those Region 10 riverine communities inundated, as a result, teams of government ministers have been dispatched to regions currently experiencing flooding, to assess and render assistance.