Relief teams move in
By Neil Marks
STRICKEN residents along the Mahaicony River began receiving potable water yesterday as the government moved to get relief to hundreds of households affected by floodwaters as a result of the rising river caused by excessive rainfall upstream.
Jennifer Baksh holds her daughters Francina,
left, and Fiona under their house at Mora Point, Mahaicony. Their
bottom flat is under water. (Delano
communities in the Mahaica and Abary rivers are also affected by
floodwaters but those in Mahaicony are worst off, officials said.
of the Civil Defence Commission,
Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup, who visited communities in the Mahaicony
River yesterday, said the water rose as much as six inches.
said the CDC is coordinating the supply of potable water for residents
and this will be distributed through stationed tanks at strategic
the Guyana Chronicle visited families hit by the floods, they said
drinking water was their greatest need, along with finding higher
ground for their cattle.
Ramsarup said four teams from the Ministry of Agriculture were sent into the Mahaicony and Abary rivers, looking for high ground for livestock and to treat them on location.
Rice farmer Janack Jadu of
Mora Point, Mahaicony holds seed paddy which he intended to sow, but
his rice land is inundated.
teams were also dispatched into the rivers.
said some water was still settled in the yards of some residents but
it was draining off.
said an official of the Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice) administration
has been tasked with visiting every farm in the river to assess
said the concentration is on the small farmers who depended for their
livelihood on their kitchen gardens and rearing chickens, ducks and
small cattle herds.
also indicated there was no health risk in the Abary since no one was
However, medication for rash, diarrhoea and other illnesses related to floods were left with residents, the minister said.
Dhanrajie Samaroo of Mora Point, Mahaicony
points to her destroyed garden
Works Minister Harinarine Nawbatt yesterday visited affected
communities in the Mahaicony River.
Jadu, a farmer at Mora Point said on December
21 and 22, he sowed 55 acres of seed paddy for this rice crop, but all
have been washed away.
had intended to sow 70 acres, but the paddy left for sowing the
additional acreage was lying under his house yesterday, some
germinating from the floodwaters washed up.
explained that he had more than 70 ducks, but cannot locate most of
them, unaware of where they took off to.
at Mora Point, we met Jennifer Baksh, who hurried down from the
confines of the upper flat of her home and being careful not to get
into the contaminated water.
the devastating January floods this year, she and her husband were
diagnosed with Leptospirosis, a flood-related disease which also hit
many others during that catastrophe.
said then she was “up and down” in the water trying to save
her ducks and livestock, but this time around, she is not taking the
The woman explained that her kitchen garden has been wiped out and she has no way of knowing where her ducks are.
the time we visited, her husband, Jairam Samaroo, was looking for
their cattle which likely escaped to find dry land. She said two
calves were already dead and a goat kid which was just delivered most
likely died and was washed away.
door, her mother-in-law, Dhanrajie Samaroo, waded in water up to her
knee to show us her devastated kitchen garden of bora, ochro and other
There were similar stories from Mortice to First Savannah in the Mahaicony River.
Thursday, December 29, 2005