A call is being made to remove every strip of red tape when executing emergency services during a national crisis.
It comes from chairman of the Penal / Debe Regional Corporation, Dr Allen Sammy, as he slammed state agencies for their delay in assisting the thousands affected by recent flooding in parts of south Trinidad.
Unprecedented flooding in the Penal / Debe Regional Corporation has left thousands counting their losses.
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.