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Region 9 floodwaters recede, ripple effects felt in adjacent communities

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As the La Niña weather pattern persists, the flood situation in Region Nine (Upper Takutu—Upper Essequibo) shows signs of improvement, with water levels gradually decreasing in several affected areas.
Notably, villages in the North Rupununi and South Pakaraima districts, such as Nappi and Kumu, are witnessing a decline in floodwaters, as reported by Public Information Officer of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Patrice Wishart in an interview with Guyana Times.

The flooding situation in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo)

According to Wishart while progress is evident in these regions, obstacles persist, with some villages still inaccessible due to severely damaged roads.
Beyond Region Nine, other areas, including Regions One (Barima-Waini); Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) have also experienced flood impacts. However, comprehensive details regarding the extent of the damage are not yet available.
The CDC has been actively monitoring the situation and coordinating response efforts. Recent reports from the Hydromet Service have indicated that heavy rainfall has inundated several villages in Region Nine.
Toka, Massara, Yakarinta, Aranaputa Valley, Karasabai, Tiger Pond, Sand Creek, Karaudarnau, and Katoonarib are among the worst affected, with floodwaters reaching alarming levels, submerging roads, and engulfing homes.
The report highlights severe consequences of the flooding, notably the erosion of crucial roadways by flash floods, such as the section between Toka and Massara. This erosion has not only disrupted transportation but has also isolated communities by cutting off land access. Moreover, vital infrastructure, such as the Yakarinta Bridge, remains submerged, further complicating the situation for residents.
Karasabai Village is facing an urgent predicament, as rising water levels in the Yurora Creek have severed all land routes, leaving the community stranded.
Tiger Pond is grappling with eroded roadways, rendering travel impossible in many areas, while Sand Creek is completely cut off from vehicular access. Karaudarnau Village, too, contends with flooding as heavy rains persist. (G9)

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