NDIA prepares for flood
The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) in preparation for the upcoming rains, has met with the NDIA board, regional officials, GuySuCo, WUA’s and MMA in reviewing and updating its plans for the midyear rains.
It is using information provided by the Hydrometeorological office, according to Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud.
The Minister said that some of the completed and ongoing works involve desilting sluice inlet and dredging outfall channels.
“Over the past week, several sluices along the Essequibo Coast and in Regions Two, Three, Four and Six were activated and drainage pumps were put into operation to facilitate drainage in areas experiencing heavy rainfall.”
Minister Persaud said that NDIA is currently re-deploying eight mobile hydroflow pumps that were used for irrigation purposes over the recent prolonged dry spell, to strategic locations within regions three, four and five in improving its drainage capacity.
Community drainage and irrigation work forces will focus on ensuring that internal drains within residential areas are cleared to allow free flow of water, the NDIA and GuySuCo have embarked on a chemical weed control programme in flood vulnerable areas. According to Minister Persaud, the recent rainfall was welcomed. All conservancies have recorded incremental increase in water levels.
He stated that the NDIA, MMA, GuySuCo and regional officials will continue to improve the drainage and irrigation system to minimise the impacts of climate change.