over $7M spent on flood relief for Regions 7, 8


Approximately $7.9M has been spent as of Monday night on emergency supplies for the affected flood victims of Regions 7 and 8.

This is according to Major Kester Craig, Deputy Director of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), who updated media operatives on the development of the flood victims Tuesday afternoon at a press briefing held at the CDC Headquarters, Thomas Lands, Georgetown.

The Deputy Director said the monies spent on the emergency supplies came from the Government; the other items were donated by a number of donor agencies.

The CDC Deputy said “327 relief food hampers were delivered to Chenapau, Kaibarupai, Waipa, Sand Hill, Itabac, and Kanapang, which also included 209 relief cleaning hampers and blankets, collapsible bottles, medical supplies, clothing and disinfectant.”

He also said the debt of the flooding ranges between ten to twenty five feet in some areas, and also said the Ireng River remains high which is due to continuous rainfall and mudslides which caused overtopping.

He told media operatives that a total of 56 homes were washed away, and 61 homes were severely damaged; a total of 3,274 persons were affected by the flooding.

He also added that the level of the impact of the flood is listed as high by the CDC except Chiung Mouth which was deemed stable. The residents of Kaibarupai were forced to evacuate uphill and construct temporary shelters, the health post of Kaibarupai was flooded and the school of Itabac shifted and was deemed unstable.

Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, Valerie Garrido – Lowe is currently leading teams within the region.

He also said that a number of health officials have been deployed to the flood hit areas. They are no reports of any illnesses associated with the flood except for an increase in mosquitoes, the Deputy stated.



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