Rowley: A national disaster

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has de­clared the flood­ing which has hits var­i­ous parts of the coun­try a na­tion­al dis­as­ter.

In a state­ment post­ed on so­cial me­dia a short while ago from St He­le­na, his sec­ond stop on a tour of the most rav­aged ar­eas, Row­ley said, “This is a na­tion­al dis­as­ter, the flood­ing is quite wide­spread and quite se­vere and it is go­ing to cost a lot of mon­ey to bring re­lief to peo­ple who have been af­fect­ed. Notwith­stand­ing what­ev­er short­ages we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, we will have to find the re­sources to help.”

The PM first toured the Greenville, La Hor­quet­ta area this morn­ing, where res­i­dents were forced to sleep on their rooftops overnight as wa­ters rose to al­most 12 feet.

Miles away in St He­le­na mo­ments ago, the PM re­alised the con­di­tions were just as dev­as­tat­ing.

“The sit­u­a­tion is bad in the St He­le­na/Kel­ly area as these com­mu­ni­ties are still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing very high lev­els of wa­ter and the roads can­not be used by ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic,” Row­ley said.

“Res­cue op­er­a­tions con­tin­ue with the Coast Guard util­is­ing boats to reach strand­ed per­sons. I want to as­sure per­sons that the Gov­ern­ment is do­ing all that it can to, in the first in­stance, res­cue trapped per­sons and then to en­sure that they have the re­sources they need when they get to the shel­ters.”

Loot­ing in San­gre Grande

The PM is now head­ing to San­gre Grande but is hurt by re­ports of loot­ing there as the flood wa­ters con­tin­ue to rise.

“I am very dis­ap­point­ed to learn of re­ports of loot­ing in this East­ern dis­trict. The po­lice have clamped down on this and are on hand to en­sure law and or­der.

Source: TT Guardian

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