Rambharat: Government hasn’t abandoned flood victims

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 12:15

Agriculture Minister, Clarence Rambharat, says government has not abandoned those who are suffering as a result of the recent flooding disaster in South Trinidad.

Speaking in Parliament today, the minister reported that local government officials have been on the ground since yesterday, and the Defence Force has lent its assistance.

Minister Rambharat confirmed his Cabinet colleagues—the ministers of Transport and Local Government—are on the ground, getting an assessment of the extent of the flooding damage for themselves.

The minister said the defence force has helped to evacuate people in Penal and that the Police and Fire Services have been clearing fallen trees and walls.

Minister Rambharat also assured that relief items are being distributed to those needing help.

“Relief items such as sand bags, tarps and mattresses have been distributed through the ODPM and the Disaster Management Units in the various corporations,” he told the Senate today. “Corporations have utilised trucks to transport residents in affected areas as some roads remain impassable to most vehicles. For example, the road that connects Rio Claro to Mayaro, in the Mafeking area.”

Minister Rambharat also confirmed that the Defence Force was instrumental in the evacuations that had taken place in Penal, and that it is mobilised and ready to render whatever assistance required in Mafeking.



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