Laurel V Williams
The president of the Penal / Debe Regional Corporation (PDRC) said that the rapid response of state agencies to Tuesday’s flooding in Port of Spain and other areas in northwestern Trinidad should be given to victims of the flooding in the south.
“There are different strokes for different people,” said Dr. Allen Sammy.
“There are inequalities in the system. Because when we’re hard hit, I don’t see state agencies rallying around like they’ve been doing since yesterday. “
“I’m not saying agencies shouldn’t come together, but when we’re hit hard I don’t see that type of response. I’m grateful people get help.”
Heavy rains on Tuesday wreaked havoc in the capital and other neighboring communities. Debris and mud covered the streets, including South Quay.
Several houses were flooded – destroying household items and cars were washed away.
The Department of Rural Development and Local Government said the Port of Spain City Corporation and regional corporations Diego Martin and San Juan / Laventille have come together to clean the streets.
The ministry also said disaster management units would do a damage assessment.
Rural Development and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein and National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds visited the affected areas on Wednesday.
Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez and Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management CEO Rodney Smart also visited.
Heavy rains last week on Thursday flooded parts of Penal, Barrackpore and other parts of southern Trinidad. After a few hours, the water calmed down. No significant material damage was reported.
The next day, parts of Barrackpore were still underwater as the South Oropouche River overflowed its banks at Barrackpore.
“No state agency rushed to help us at that time.” Sammy said.
“Clean-up operations are underway by our workers (PDRC) and health teams have visited several affected areas. “
The PDRC includes areas such as Barrackpore, La Romaine, and parts of San Fernando.
Ramdeo Ramsawak, 48, of Kanhai Trace North, said he made no fuss when water from the nearby river flooded his home last week. The area is usually flooded after heavy rains, he said.
“I cleaned myself up. I did what I had to do. In life there will be challenges and situations. We have to make the most of them.”