Storm dam­ages Lin­den build­ings

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The Chris­tian­burg/Wis­mar Mul­ti­lat­eral School and the Macken­zie Mar­ket were among the struc­tures that were dam­aged af­ter a freak storm hit Lin­den yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Stabroek News un­der­stands that heavy winds and rains be­gan just af­ter three yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Lin­den Mayor Car­wyn Hol­land said that the town and out­ly­ing ar­eas had ex­pe­ri­enced an es­ti­mated three-hour-long thun­der­storm dur­ing the wee hours of yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Hol­land, a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion oc­curred yes­ter­day af­ter­noon just af­ter 3 pm. The storm re­port­edly lasted for at least an hour and a half and had prompted many per­sons to “close up shop” and go home early.

He fur­ther noted that though no re­ports of in­jured per­sons were re­ceived, res­i­dents have been left trau­ma­tised.

In terms of in­fras­truc­tural dam­age, the Mayor noted that sev­eral build­ings suf­fered as a re­sult of the storm, in­clud­ing the school as well as the mar­ket, which suf­fered dam­age to sec­tions of the roof.

Sev­eral houses were also dam­aged, in­clud­ing one that was par­tially wrecked af­ter a nearby tree fell on it af­ter be­ing up­rooted dur­ing the storm.

Hol­land said a num­ber per­sons have since reached out seek­ing as­sis­tance. He added that mem­bers of the Guyana Po­lice Force have ac­ti­vated a pa­trol team, which will be tasked with con­duct­ing a pre­lim­i­nary as­sess­ment of the sit­u­a­tion around the town.

Ef­forts to as­sess the full ex­tent of yes­ter­day’s thun­der­storm were ex­pected to con­tinue late into the night.

Ad­di­tion­ally, two emer­gency num­bers (444-6303 and 444-3512) have been ac­ti­vated and the Re­gional Demo­cratic Coun­cil is work­ing with the town coun­cil to as­sist af­fected res­i­dents.

In the long term, Hol­land said that at­ten­tion will soon be placed on the oc­cur­rence of ero­sion since it has been noted that it con­tin­ues to take a toll on neigh­bour­hoods that are sit­u­ated on the hilly parts of Lin­den, such as Wis­mar. He also un­der­scored the need for in­vest­ments in a revet­ment pro­gramme, which, ac­cord­ing to him, would save hun­dreds of homes that are cur­rently a risk.

Re­gion Seven (Cuyu­niMazaruni) and sev­eral other parts of the coun­try have re­cently been rat­tled by vi­o­lent thun­der­storms. Res­i­dents have been left fear­ful in the af­ter­math of shat­tered houses and tornoff roofs.

In the wake of the storms, re­newed ques­tions have been raised about whether there is any in­for­ma­tion com­ing from the $550m Dop­pler Radar which had been funded by the Euro­pean Union in 2009. The radar was meant to serve a va­ri­ety of pur­poses in­clud­ing giv­ing some no­tice of the ap­proach of vi­o­lent weather.

A sec­tion of the Macken­zie Mar­ket build­ing that was torn off dur­ing the storm.

One the houses in Lin­den that suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age as a re­sult of the storm.

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