Freak storm hits Essequibo Coast

first_img…5 injured, 4 homes, power lines damagedA freak storm hit residents in Lima on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) knocking out power as the winds raged.Reports are residents living in Lima village were hit by heavy rain and wind about 08:30h, which caused damages to a number of homes in the area.When Guyana Times visited the community, several galvanised roof sheets were seen flying violently as the winds swirled. The roofs of four homes were completely destroyed by the storm and five persons were injured.The damaged home at Lima Village, Essequibo CoastAt the Bissesar’s residence in Lima Housing Scheme, the entire roof of the house was ripped apart and sent flying onto the neighbour’s house. Neetu Bissesar, one of the occupants living in the house, said she shares the home with her brother, his wife and children. She said they were all at home when disaster struck. Recalling the experience, she said her brother, Satyanand Bissaser, in an attempt to save some items got hit in his head and other parts of his body and was taken by residents to get medical attention. The neighbour, Anette Persaud, said she and her family were living in neighbouring Venezuela but came home in January due to the failing economy in that country. She said her husband was also injured to the head and was sent to seek medical attention.On the Lima Public Road, the Ally’s home was also damaged. Residents said they heard a loud sound and saw what appeared to be tornado looking winds coming their way. A resident recalled seeing zinc sheets and other debris flying and he sought shelter. Following the incident, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt accompanied by Councillor Hardat Marine visited the affected families.The Regional Chairman promised to lend assistance to the affected families.Meanwhile, flooding is also reported in the Charity area. (Mohanlall Seulall)last_img read more