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Flooding has become a common occurrence in Guyana, with heavy rains causing rivers to overflow and flood low-lying areas. The most recent flood occurred was reported by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) in late May 2022 which affected Region 5 (Mahaica-Berbice), Region 9 (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice). In December 2021, heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding in all regions of the country, in particular regions 2, 5, 6, 7 and 10. President Ali said a total of 28,228 households were reportedly impacted by the current flood, with water either entering homes, livestock and domestic animals in distress or farmlands inundated resulting in crop damages. Some say those numbers were vastly understated.
Frequent floods in Guyana cause widespread damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, and leave many residents without electricity or clean drinking water. The government often responds by declaring a state of emergency and mobilizing the military to assist with rescue and relief efforts but very little long term solution and plans are enacted, so each year the sequence of activities are repeated.
Flooding in Guyana has been particularly difficult for residents in poor, low-lying areas, who have lost their homes and possessions and many are still living in temporary shelters. Many are concerned about the long-term impact of the flood on their livelihoods and ability to rebuild their homes.
The government has promised to provide aid to affected communities and has announced a plan to invest in infrastructure improvements to help prevent future floods. However, some critics argue that more needs to be done to address the root causes of the flooding, including deforestation and the lack of proper drainage systems.
Despite the challenges, the people of Guyana remain resilient and are working together to rebuild their communities and support those who have been affected by the flood. It is important that the government and other organizations continue to provide assistance and support to those in need as the recovery process continues.