The National Self Help Commission yesterday distributed 15 home repair grants to families affected by last Friday’s extreme weather conditions in Central Trinidad.
Chaguanas Mayor Orlando Nagessar said the commission handed out the grants to Cunupia residents, where the roofs of 15 homes were ripped off by strong winds.
The families each received a cheque, valued at $15,000, to repair their damaged homes, Nagessar said.
“The Self Help Commission journeyed to Jerningham in Cunupia where roofs were blown off. The residents were given a grant of $15,000 to assist in construction of roofs. The corporation records show that 15 roofs were blown off,” he said.
Nagessar said the corporation assisted families with tarpaulins to cover their homes until the roofs were repaired.
He also appealed to the Ministry of the People and Social Development to ensure that residents were compensated for their losses.
“We expect the social development department to respond this time. Last time we had a flood in Felicity and Endeavour, although an assessment was done, victims of flood did not receive anything. We hope this time the assessment would not be swept under the carpet (and) people who suffered losses will be compensated,” he said.
Nagessar said the Chaguanas Borough Corporation’s disaster unit and the Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) assisted in clean-up operations.
Parts of central Trinidad were hit by intense rainfall and strong winds on Friday.
A video showing Cunupia residents attempting to flee a tornado-like phenomenon by car, has gone viral.
Flash floods and wind-related damage were reported at Warden Lane, Penco Avenue and Cemetery Street, Longdenville; Caroni Savannah Road, Cunupia; and Aisle Street, Enterprise.
And businesses reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses as a result of the flood waters.