The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) is investigating a suspected chemical spill which occurred earlier today at the Guyana National Industrial Company Incorporated wharf (GNIC) on Lombard Street, Georgetown.
Guyana Standard has been informed that workers at the wharf noticed the substance and informed their supervisors.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CDC, the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Fire Service were immediately called in and staffers and persons at the wharf were asked to leave the compound immediately.
Customers who turned up at the wharf to uplift their Christmas barrels were also turned away as the police cordoned off the area.
In a statement, CDC said that a team is conducting a risk assessment. Persons are advised to stay away from the area—especially since some staffers have complained about their skin itching. At this point, it is unclear what type of chemical it is.