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Guyana: Floods - Jul 2015

Status
Past
Countries
Guyana
Disaster types
Flood

Heavy rainfall along Guyana’s coastal regions during the period of 15 July and 16 July 2015 has resulted in increased water levels in rivers and canals. Region 3, Essequibo Islands, West Demerara and Region 4, Demerara-Mahaica are the most affected with flooding in several communities, in yards and homes in some instances. The activation of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) was authorized. Total losses and the total number of people affected by the flooding are yet to be determined. However, based on the 2012 Preliminary Census Report, with more than 70 per cent of the country’s population living along the coastal areas, a significant number of households have been either directly or indirectly affected. (IFRC, 1 Aug 2015)

Continuous assessments have reaffirmed the existing needs, which include relief items such as nets, hygiene kits and storage for drinking water. There is a need to address water and sanitation issues, particularly garbage disposal and consumption of potable water and livelihood assistance, as some of the communities depend entirely on livestock and farming and have had their main source of food and income severely affected, so their capacity to meet basic needs has been significantly reduced. (IFRC, 5 Oct 2015)