Monday, February 19, 2018

'Call out the army!'

Members of the Defence Force should be called out immediately and deployed in flood-stricken areas of Trinidad to help rescue marooned residents and clear landslides.

The appeal came from Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar who said the torrential rainfall over three days is national emergency that requires a stronger State response.

She said that the last time such an event had happened was when the Peoples Partnership won the general election in May 2010.

She said the flooding being experienced this week was worse than what happened months ago when Tropical Storm Bret passed over Trinidad and Tobago.

“In the midst of this national emergency…once again the State is missing in action” she said.

“We have not seen the kind of activity from State agencies that was needed in this time of great suffering and hardship through the country” she said in an interview of TV6's Morning Edition programme on Friday.

She said that the State's ability to coordinate an effective response in times of national emergencies had been crippled by the Government's decision to dismantle the National Operations Centre (NOC)

“I want to call on the Government to call out…deploy the army personnel….the army has a lot of equipment. They should be called out now because the rain is continuing unabated and there are so many persons in immediate danger”.