ODPM CEO: Minimal flooding during recent rains

Al­though the coun­try re­ceived some of the heav­i­est rains so far for this year’s rainy sea­son over the past few days, CEO of the Of­fice for Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness and Man­age­ment (ODPM) Cpt Neville Wint said there were min­i­mum re­ports of flood­ing dur­ing these show­ers.

How­ev­er, he con­firms they have re­ceived re­ports of flood­ing in Ari­ma, Tu­na­puna, Siparia and parts of Ch­agua­nas.

Speak­ing on CNC3’s The Morn­ing Brew, Wint not­ed that “those wa­ters quick­ly sub­sided and the re­spec­tive re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tions re­spond­ed to the needs of the Burgess­es (sic) that were im­pact­ed.”

The ODPM CEO al­so not­ed there were land­slides re­port­ed on the To­co Main Road, The Cau­ra road and the North Coast road which “were all re­spond­ed to joint­ly by the re­spec­tive mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions and the Min­istry of Works and Trans­port and those roads are now clear.”

Wint said their ini­tial re­sponse to the floods have con­clud­ed, how­ev­er, there is still work to be done.

“There are still ef­forts that the re­spec­tive cor­po­ra­tions still have to pur­sue as it re­lat­ed to im­pact as­sess­ment and as­sis­tance to those burgess­es (sic) that were im­pact­ed.”

He re­mind­ed cit­i­zens that “The im­pact we are hav­ing right now is a con­se­quence of trop­i­cal rain, our habits of lit­ter­ing which is clog­ging drains and con­tribut­ing to flood­ing, there are some in­fra­struc­ture and main­te­nance is­sues which are be­ing ad­dressed.”

He as­sured that some re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tions are tak­ing nec­es­sary steps to clean the wa­ter ways.

Mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions play a key role in re­spond­ing to and even pre­vent­ing in­stances of flood­ing. How­ev­er, in light of the re­cent floods, Siparia Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Glenn Ra­mad­hars­ingh said his cor­po­ra­tion had no mon­ey for flood re­lief hav­ing re­ceived on one twelfth og its fi­nan­cial al­lo­ca­tion from cen­tral gov­ern­ment be­cause of un­time­ly re­leas­es from the Min­istry of Fi­nance.

Wint ac­knowl­edged the trou­bling fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try but said he would leave any dis­cus­sions on that mat­ter to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties. He how­ev­er ad­mit­ted that this made thi­er jobs more chal­leng­ing as a co­or­di­nat­ing agency.

Reporter: Rishard Khan

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