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Several Reg. 9 villages inundated due to persistent downpours – CDC

A bridge at Karasabai under water

As the La Nina season takes hold of climatic conditions in Guyana, several villages in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) have been inundated by heavy rainfall.
While other regions have reported no flooding, communities in Region Nine, particularly villages in the North Rupununi district, have reported being affected by the relentless downpours.
According to the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), the Hydromet Service’s latest report highlights that villages such as Toka, Massara, Yakarinta, Aranaputa Valley, Karasabai, Tiger Pond, Sand Creek, Karaudaranu and Katoonarib have been hardest hit. In these areas, floodwaters have risen to alarming levels, submerging roads and inundating homes.

The water level in the savannah continues to rise

Among the severest impacts of the flooding detailed in the report is 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 isolated communities by rendering them inaccessible by land. Additionally, vital infrastructure such as the Yakarinta Bridge are currently submerged, further complicating matters for residents.
Karasabai Village faces a particularly dire situation, as soaring water levels in the Yurora Creek have cut off all land routes, leaving the community stranded.
Tiger Pond is suffering from eroded roadways, making travel impossible in many areas, while Sand Creek remains cut off from vehicular access entirely. Karaudaranu Village, too, is grappling with flooding as heavy rains persist.

Section of the Annai-Lethem Road being repaired after damage caused by water

In response to these challenges, authorities have issued urgent safety advisories for residents and travellers alike. Key recommendations include the use of protective rain gear, avoidance of flooded areas, and the stockpiling of potable water in sealed containers. Maintaining communication with loved ones for updates and assistance coordination is also emphasized.
Residents are further urged to report any impacts promptly to local authorities or the National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) at 600-7500 at any time.

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