The study points out, further, that “a result of the dynamic interplay between high tides, high rain-
fall levels and a network of drainage and irrigation canals, conservancy dams and sluices designed to support agriculture, the coastland, as well as riverine areas and some low-lying parts of the hin-
terland, are at high risk to flooding.”
It is a well-
known fact that Guyana‟s coastal zone lies near or below sea level. The rate of sea
-level rise in the Caribbean is predicted to be five times greater than the world's average, according to the IDB study. This means that sea-
level rise resulting from global warming could “significantly in-
crease disaster risk in Guyana to levels that threaten the physical and economic viability of the
coastal zone.” Since the „Great Flood,‟ the administration has been on a spending spree. It has squandered bil-
lions on world cup cricket, the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (Carifesta), a five-star hotel and oth-er prestige projects while neglecting the infrastructure needed to protect the country from flood-ing. The damaging effects and frequent occurrence of flooding in this country demand more serious at-tention from the government than the usual, annual adhocery and phoney expressions of concern for the victims. The PPPC administration needs to promulgate a
National Flood Control Mas-ter Plan
that must comprehend the consequences of climate change that are so evident to every-one else everywhere around the world today. The proposed
must be capable of anticipating the monthly cycle of flooding and of notifying citizens early of the onset of extreme weather and the threat of flooding. The
must strength-en disaster risk management agencies and maintain sea defence and flood protection infrastruc-ture. The
, most of all, must embody a strategy to protect lives and property from the consequences of the devastating floods of the sort that have affected our country over the past decade.
FLOODING IN LANCASTER-HOGSTYE/CORENTYNE
On Tuesday 7
January, 2014, a delegation from APNU led by Dr. Rupert Roopnarine, MP, and including Dr. Rishee Thakur, visited the NDC at Lancaster/Hogstye on the Corentyne. The visit was in response to several complaints of sustained flooding in the area including a piece in
"Failed predictions - Lower Corentyne still floods".
The following day, 8
January, 2014, another story, of the same "flooding", appeared in
. The latter it appears was a response from the Regional Chairman to the previous piece in
, which he felt was unfair, if not without foundation. The RDC Chairman suggested that his visit to the area could not confirm what appeared in
as generalised flooding due to poor if not the absence of maintenance. He suggested, first, that the complaint of "flooding" came from a single person, a Mr. O'Neil Leitch. Second, he noted that the areas under flood waters were "swamplands" and "marsh", marginal at best to the community and, therefore, of little consequence to its health/welfare. He did admit, however, that while there was some flooding which was only temporary - a coinci-dental combination of the "spring tide" and the "constant rains", that had simply "overwhelmed the drainage system".