Suruj: We have assisted storm-hit Trinis in NYC
LOCAL Government Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan said yesterday that Government has done everything humanly possible at this time to assist Trinidad and Tobago nationals living in New York.
Rambachan said United States agencies have been contacted and emergency numbers made available to nationals affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Speaking at the cheque distribution by the National Self-Help Commission to families affected by natural disasters , Rambachan said, "The Prime Minister sent out a message in which invited the national community to join hands in prayer for (nationals) and Caricom nationals in the US. And she did indicate in that message that she has instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs to be in touch with United States authorities and also with the missions in Toronto, New York, Miami and Washington to assist Trinidad and Tobago nationals who might need help."
Rambachan said he was also in contact with some (nationals) living in New York.
"I have no relatives there, but I have a lot of friends. I was in touch with them last night and I was pleased to hear that the water was receding," he said.
National Commission for Self-Help chairman, Surujdeo Mangaroo, called for the nation to remember the people living in the eastern coastline of the United States in their prayers.
"They are going through trauma at this time and I ask that the nation say a prayer for these people for their survival," he said. —CK