DESPITE being advised by Petrotrin officials they should not light stoves until further notice, residents affected by the oil spill in Marabella decided to take the risk yesterday because lunch was not provided in a timely manner.
Frustrated residents began to cook lunch at around 3 p.m. after waiting in vain for Petrotrin officials to show up with meals.
Videsh Kalloo, street captain for the residents in Silk Cotton Road, Battoo Avenue, said after pastries were distributed for breakfast, officials promised residents to return with lunch but by 2 p.m., there was no sign of persons with food.
Before 3 p.m., Kalloo said, “Everybody right now is vex. We are waiting on Petrotrin and nobody is coming.”
Just after 3 p.m., Petrotrin officials arrived with lunch.
At 4 p.m., some residents were still awaiting a meal.
Roger Henry, who lives in Mango Alley, Silk Cotton Road, was one.
He said he was grateful for what he received.
On Tuesday night, residents observed what looked like oil flowing in the Guaracara River and a high stench.
Petrotrin has said it was slop oil following a leak from one of its tanks.
Some 20 persons had to be taken to the company’s Augustus Long Hospital in Pointe-a-Pierre for medical treatment.
Residents complained of vomiting, dizziness, nauseous feelings and inability to breathe properly.
Petrotrin officials visited the area and promised to provide meals and water.
Henry said at around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, lunch,
consisting of baked chicken, fried rice and fresh salad, was provided. Dinner was distributed at 7 p.m.—stewed chicken, carrot rice, baked beans and fresh salad.
He said persons were not fully aware of the procedures and wanted better communication from Petrotrin.
Most residents spent the day on the road or in their yards yesterday, in an attempt to avoid inhaling fumes.