Removal of San Juan River Bank Causes Flooding

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A breach in the banks of the San Juan River is the major reason for flooding in the north Aranguez area.

This according to Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan at a news conference on Monday.

Giving an update to the passage of Tropical Storm Karen on Sunday, Sinanan said all major roads were now clear of water.

He said the banks of the San Juan River was raised up to ten feet, but the illegal removal of material caused a breach in the bank and allowed water to overflow.

Sinanan said the more than 400 desilting projects conducted by his ministry resulted in a reduction of flooding in a number of areas such as Caroni and Freeman Road in St Augustine.

Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein said people still continue to throw away Styrofoam boxes and plastic bottles that hindered watercourses.

Minister of Agriculture Land and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat advises the public to have produce like lettuce cut by the vendor before purchase to ensure there were no ill effects of flooding.

In a Facebook post, the Agriculture Ministry said it was monitoring key food production areas such as Orange Grove, Maloney, North and South Aranguez, Tabaquite, Woodland and surrounding areas, Navet and Plum Mitan.



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