Mission Report

UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit Mission Report – 2005 Guyana Floods

This mission report describes the activities of two environmental experts deployed by the UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) in Guyana following flooding and the potential collapse of the East Demerara Water Conservancy Dam.

The JEU mobilized two environmental experts from the Netherlands, who were deployed to Guyana to support the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team following severe floods and a potential collapse of the East Demerara Water Conservancy dam. The results of the safety/stability assessment, as well as recommendations were presented to the government. In addition, the experts developed, in collaboration with the relevant national authorities and partner agencies, a plan of action for short, medium and long-term actions to be taken to prevent the collapse of the dam.

Following this first assessment mission, the Government of the Netherlands redeployed experts to assist in the implementation of the plan of action, including emergency rehabilitation of the dam and repair of the drainage outlets.

Consult the mission report here.

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