Thursday, February 22, 2018

Who's to blame for this?

The Dass family homes along the Valley Line, Barrackpore on Thursday.

Blame Government's under resourcing of the Drainage Division for widespread flooding, says Tabaquite MP Surujrattan Rambachan.

Rambachan said the authorities failure to clear major water courses during the dry season has led to severe flooding throughout the country.

He said the Government was expected to re-allocate resources to major drainage activities because of the significantly higher rainfall being experienced.

“Their myopic thinking has now brought about severe losses for affected citizens,” he said.

Rambachan called on Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan to tell citizens whether the officers of his drainage division conducted field surveys during the dry season and made recommendations for drainage works nationwide.

“The relevant Ministries should now work with alacrity to bring relief. This situation also demonstrates how under resourced are the disaster units at the Regional corporations which is further negatively affected by the cuts in allocations in this year's budget,” he said.

Ranbachan said he expected that the equipment resources of the Regional Corporations and the various Ministries with equipment would be pooled to bring relief.

Parts of Rambachan's constituency suffered severe flooding on Wednesday night.

The Gasparillo service station was flooded, while parts of the Bonne Avanture Main Road in Gasparillo were impassable.

Police officers were called out to divert traffic through alternative routes.

The Express was told that the Solomon Hochoy Highway, near Gasparillo, was also flooded on Thursday night. By daybreak, however, the water had receded.

Residents of Kent Street, Williamsville, were not spared as the Guaracara Rover broke its banks flooding homes.

The homeowners suffered severe loses to flood waters three months ago.

Councillor Vashti Sookhoo said Hindu families were unable to light deeyas in celebration of Divali on Wednesday night.

“The water has receded this morning and clean-up exercises have started. We didn't get to light deeyas last night. It was really bad,” she said.