vrijdag 7 juli 2017

Ruim 1.000 runderen en 20 paarden verdronken bij overstromingen in oosten Guyana

Boeren aan de grens met Suriname hebben ook gewassen verloren

Guyana haasten zich voedsel en andere benodigdheden te vervoeren naar landelijke gemeenschappen getroffen door overstromingen veroorzaakt door rivieren. Boeren in de buurt van de grens met Suriname hebben verliezen gemeld van gewassen en tientallen stuks vee, terwijl noodopvang geopend is in gebieden in de buurt van de grens met Brazilië. Dit bericht persbureau Associated Press donderdag 6 juli 2017.

Premier Mozes Nagamootoo zei donderdag, dat hevige regenval in Brazilië heeft geleid tot nabijgelegen gezwollen rivieren in Guyana. Hij zei ook dat de autoriteiten gras, zemelen en melasse sturen voor vee en paarden gevangen in vloedwateren in kustdorpen in de buurt van Suriname.

Er zijn geen doden gemeld. De nieuwswebsite Kaieteur News bericht (zie hierna), dat zo'n 1.000 runderen en 20 paarden zijn verdronken in het Cookerite Savannah gebied, Black Bush Polder:


Over 1,000 head of cattle, 20 horses dead in Black Bush flooding

Farmers who occupy the Cookerite Savannah in Black Bush Polder, Corentyne, Berbice,

Carcasses of cattle in the Cookrite Savannah area.
currently underwater, are to receive assistance.
This is according to the Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, on Wednesday during a meeting with the farmers at State House, New Amsterdam.
Nagamootoo, who is performing the duties of the President, was there with Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma, meeting farmers yesterday afternoon in an effort to assess the situation.
Meanwhile, as the farmers made arrangements to take some of their cattle to safe lands in residential communities, the President instructed that no animals should be impounded.
The farmers had voiced concerns over the difficulties faced when dealing with stray catchers. However, the police have been ordered to ensure that no animal will be impounded during this period.
Nagamootoo warned the animal owners to pay attention to the safety of humans.
He also disclosed that he will assist by trying to have bran and molasses for the farmers who would have brought their animals out to higher grounds. Extension officers attached to the Agriculture Ministry were instructed by Nagamootoo to identify where there is unwanted vegetation to cut and give to the animals.
“Once the grass is identified and you find a truck, you would not have to pay for it to cross the bridge,” he said.
There have also been complaints from along the Canje River, of reported flooding and

A section of the Cookrite Savannah farmland that is flooded.
water-borne diseases.
Kim Williams-Stephen, Region Six Executive Officer, reported that several persons are being affected by water borne diseases. She stated that a medical team will be dispatched to the affected area to bring the situation under control.
Meanwhile, the farmers had complained that they were not getting the needed assistance since some of the pumps along the Corentyne were not working.
Regional Chairman, David Armogan, had told the media that the regions budgetary allocations for fuel had been cut in the National Budget.
However, Minister Sharma said even if that was the case the region was not short of funding to purchase fuel.
“Under agriculture for fuel and lubricants, the amount of $270.5M was budgeted. If the chairman is saying that it was cut by half then that figure has to be multiplied by two. I was expecting that if he was going to make statements like that that there was no money. To date what was spent is only $48.7M of what was budgeted for agriculture. So under agriculture there is still $223M.”
NDIA’s Region Six engineer, Lester Persaud, explained that Black Bush is an area with a structured drainage and irrigation system that did not include Cookerite Savannah.
He disclosed that some of the water could be released through Black Bush but rice and cash crop farmers there will have concerns.
Several agencies have been contacted to get on board to prevent the spread of disease, providing grass for animals and monitoring their well being.
Over 1000 head of cattle were reported dead due to the flood waters in the Cookerite Savannah area, Black Bush Polder.
More than 1000 acres is said to be under water, up to chest high in some parts.
Farmers of Cookerite Savannah stated that there are over 7,000 head of cattle together with sheep, goats and horses. The farmers reported that so far more that 1000 heads of cattle have died and close to twenty horses.
The farmers had stated that only one of the three sluice doors is in operation at Adventure, Corentyne, while the pump at Eversham and Number 43 Village are not being put into operation. The affected farmers went to the regional office of the Prime Minister seeking the assistance of the Prime Minister’s Representative, Gobin Harbhajan.

Rupununi residents in emergency shelters … as flood woes continue

A dozen households have been evacuated to emergency shelters in Region Nine, as flood waters continue to affect citizens there.
According to the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), which is coordinating rescue efforts, the region is at present flooded due to rainfall and trans-boundary flooding associated with the increase in water levels of Branco River (Rio Branco) in Brazil’s Roraima State.
This is preventing the Takutu, Ireng, Rupununi and other rivers in Region Nine from draining. This resulted in flooding in the township of Lethem and the wider Region Nine.
“The Regional Democratic Council (RDC) took the decision to utilise its resources to bring about relief to the people. To this end the Emergency Management Committee was established to manage and coordinate the disaster response operations, with technical support from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).”
Already, two emergency shelters are established at Arapaima Primary and Culvert City Nursery Schools; these shelters have a total 12 households.
“The floods have displaced a number of persons in Lethem and its environs and have affected farms in all five sub-districts in the region. Roads and bridges were also negatively impacted by the floods. This resulted in the GDF and GPF (CPG) using their boats to shuttle people (commuters) between Lethem and St. Ignatius.
The Main Access Trail to Lethem is also affected by flooding; resulting in some areas being cut-off and vehicles becoming stuck.”
The RDC through its Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC) is conducting ongoing assessments in the affected areas. The findings of these assessments will be used to plan and conduct relief operations.
The RDC is distributing treated water to affected residents and will be providing other relief from today.
A ministerial team, led by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, was in the area earlier this week, with top officials to assess the situation.
With mountains and rivers nearby that feed from Brazil, the border town of Lethem has always been affected by the rising Takutu River and waters from the mountains.
The Linden/Lethem trail, a critical link to the border area from Georgetown, via Linden, Region 10, has always been vulnerable. Government is moving to have the road/trail paved.

(Red. De Surinaamse Krant/Associated Press/Kaieteur News)


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