Water shortage shuts down Immigration Office in Grande

The Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment in San­gre Grande was forced to re­main closed yes­ter­day be­cause of a wa­ter short­age.

Many peo­ple trav­el­ling to the de­part­ment in San­gre Grande to ei­ther ap­ply, re­new of col­lect their new pass­ports said they were dis­ap­point­ed as the of­fice was closed yes­ter­day

When Guardian Me­dia vis­it­ed the Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fice at Damarie Hill, Guaico, there was no one at the of­fice ex­cept a se­cu­ri­ty guard.

A group of em­ploy­ees from Forestry Di­vi­sion, housed in the same build­ing, said they too had to re­turn home be­cause of no wa­ter in the build­ing.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic were greet­ed at the front of the build­ing with signs post­ed on the doors. The signs said: “This im­mi­gra­tion Of­fice wish­es to in­form that due to the un­avail­abil­i­ty of wa­ter at this fa­cil­i­ty, the of­fice has been tem­porar­i­ly closed for to­day.”

One la­dy, who was mak­ing her way to the build­ing, told Guardian Me­dia she was not an­noyed by the clo­sure of the of­fice be­cause there are more fe­male of­fi­cers at this of­fice.

She added that the wa­ter short­age was not on­ly caus­ing prob­lems at the Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment but at many homes

She said it was ridicu­lous as chil­dren are al­so af­fect­ed as meals can­not be pre­pared, clothes can­not be washed and chil­dren have been forced to miss school.t

“Wa­ter com­ing and go­ing, some­thing which is strange to peo­ple in Grande,” she said.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic al­so asked yes­ter­day that some no­tice be post­ed in the me­dia to in­form them when the of­fice will be re­opened.

Reporter: Ralph Banwarie

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