disaster management units

ODPM boss clears air on flood response

The head of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is seeking to refute claims that there is too much red tape involved in mobilising aid for flood affected areas.

The claim was made by Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Chairman, Dr Allan Sammy, but his statements are puzzling the ODPM head.

According to Major General (Ret) Rodney Smart, resources were immediately made ready for the Corporation and he's now wondering if Dr Sammy understands how the ODPM functions in such cases.

Flooding woes continue

Thirty-five families have been rescued from floodwaters in Penal, and several other families have managed to make their way out of danger to stay with relatives.

Confirmation came today from local government councillor for Penal, Shanti Boodram, who also is a flood victim, herself.

The Penal councillor told Guardian Media that many people have lost everything in their homes, as well as their crops, their livestock and their livelihoods to the raging flood waters.