Monday, January 22, 2018

Marina's house goes downhill appeals for help

A house affected by a landslide in Caparo.

A major landslide has taken the house of Marina Sandiford in Caparo and nothing has been done to help her, she says.

Sandiford of Hilltop Drive, Sanolal Road, Todd's Road said after the passing of Tropical Storm Bret last year, a major landslide occurred in her community affecting many residents.

However, the affected community has had no relief from officials.

According to Sandiford, the landslide affected the roadway which is now impassable.

“My house was destroyed, another is gone and another neighbour has cracks. I was building another house to the front but I am worried that this one will be destroyed too,” she said.

Sandiford and her family of four are fearful that with the continued rainfall her house will be compromised.

She said she has contacted the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management and the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation for assistance and was told that it was in the hands of the engineer. However, this was since last year.

A house affected by a landslide in the village of Caparo.

She said many families are forced to flee their homes, but there are those who have nowhere else to go.

Sandiford is appealing to the authorities to intervene before the situation worsens.

Councillor for the area Ryan Rampersad said there is no funding to have development works conducted in the area.

He said the community is on privately owned land and from the information he has received, the entire collapsed road will have to re-routed.

“There is a massive landslide there. There needs to be a relocation of the roadway. This is private land and we are working with little funding but we are trying to have something done to assist the community. Progress is slow,” he said.

Rampersad said he will have to contact Works Minister Rohan Sinanan about sending materials to construct and alternative roadway.

He said the regional corporation has given the commitment to utilise its machinery for the road works.