Electricity disrupted, houses damaged in Guyana storm

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Downed power lines and transformer in South Ruimveldt. (Photo: Guyana Chronicle/Samuel Maughn)

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday June 29, 2015 – Major repairs are being carried out today after high winds tore off roofs, downed power lines, billboards and other structures, and disrupted electricity supply yesterday afternoon.

The East Bank Demerara, North Ruimveldt, South Ruimveldt, Lamaha Springs, Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, Linden and sections of Berbice were among the communities most affected by the storm that also brought heavy rains.

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This billboard collapsed under the heavy winds. (Photo: Guyana Chronicle)

In addition to the damage to some houses, a transmission tower at television station HGP-TV Channel 16 collapsed.

Patrons of Splashmins Resort on the Soesdyke, Linden Highway told Kaieteur News that several people were hurt when some of the benabs fell on them.

One woman said her husband and two children, ages one and three, sustained minor injuries when the structure buckled.

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This was one of the houses which lost roofs in the storm. (Photo: Guyana Chronicle)

In Parfait Harmonie, the roof of one house was ripped off and it slammed into another house, breaking the concrete spindles on the balcony.

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Angela Bess ’ balcony was damaged in the storm. (Photo: Guyana Chronicle)

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