The rainy season seems to be in full swing and to date the mining town of Linden is the hardest hit. Despite the fact the town is relatively higher than the coast, poor drainage has been highlighted as a devastating factor along with heavy siltation in the Kara Kara Creek.
Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, under whom drainage and irrigation falls, visited the area on Thursday.
During a stop at the Old Kara Kara district, Persaud was bombarded by complaints from the residents mainly because of the swelling of the creek which caused the area to flood with some livestock farmers feeling the brunt.
Residents were informed that the swelling was primarily because of the heavy siltation at the mouth of the creek. Minister Persaud noted that his Ministry will be providing two excavators to offer some immediate relief.
Due to the terrain, however, the excavators will have to be mounted onto pontoons which will have to be sourced through the region.
The residents were urged to consider relocation given that they live very close to the creek and with the reality of climate change the problem is not likely to be solved permanently by dredging of excavating.
Persaud said that the Bosai Company had promised a dredge to desilt the creek but it developed mechanical problems.
The notion by Persaud of relocation also sparked another barrage of complaints by the residents who said that most of them have applied for new lots but their applications have been languishing in some cases for years.
Another stop for the Minister was in Wismar where in Second Alley the rains which have been falling above normal for several days now caused a mudslide which almost swept away a home with a small kitchen garden.
One reason proffered for the slide which occurred at the base of a hill that offered farming activity on the side was the fact that most of the trees were uprooted. For the most part they held the earth together.
The reason for the clearing of the land, according to residents, was in response to the ‘Grow More’ campaign.
The Minister was to eventually learn that the drains atop the hill were severely clogged and the roads were also severely deteriorated. This caused the water to create sink holes in some areas. It also diverted the water to flow alongside the hill as against the drains that were in place.
For this and other reasons, the Interim Town Council came in for harsh criticisms by the Minister.
Following the tour of the mining town, Persaud announced that he was committing some $24M for some emergency works to alleviate the woes of the town.
According to Persaud, his visit was part of the countrywide monitoring of the conditions during this the above normal rainy season that Guyana is currently experiencing.
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