Residents battle severe flooding in Region 8

Severe flooding in Region 8 has forced several families to find higher ground. Information received, revealed that nine houses, six farms and the airstrip are under water in Kaibarupai with over 150 residents being affected, while 85 percent of Waipa is said to be under water as a result of the over tapping of several rivers, including the Ireng River, in the area.

The village council is doing its best to help the families affected with its limited resources. Residents are being moved towards higher ground where the village are setting up shelters at the churches, schools and other buildings.

The Civil Defense Commission (CDC) have been contacted and are preparing to offer emergency assistance to the villages. The CDC is also trying to make contact with the other villages to assess the full impact of the flooding. So far there have been no reports of injury or death. According to the Ministry of the Presidency, more than 30 persons, who were trained by the CDC in Disaster Risk Reduction are present in the region and have been called upon to render assistance, while the CDC has contacted and asked the regional officials and members of the joint services to conduct an assessment in the affected areas.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who has responsibility for the CDC and the coordination of disaster response said that President David Granger has been notified of the situation, while Chief of Staff, Brigadier Patrick West has been briefed and Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup, Director General of the CDC is expected to provide a detailed report to the Minister of State so that further action can be taken.

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