Tuesday 21 November, 2017

Opposition MP blames flooding on Gov’ts procrastination

Former Works Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan

Former Works Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan

Former Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan has blamed the flooding across Trinidad and Tobago on Government’s under-resourcing of the Drainage Division.

During Divali Day celebrations on Wednesday, several homes in south, central and northeast Trinidad were affected by flooding.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Dr Rambachan said granted that the rainfall was prolonged, the failure to clear major watercourses during the dry season has led to the disastrous experiences of thousands of citizens.

He said in a year when rainfall appears to be significantly higher than average, one would have expected the Government to reallocate resources to major drainage activities. He said their “myopic thinking” has now brought about severe losses for affected citizens.

The Tabaquite MP called on the Works and Transport Minister to tell the population whether the officers of his Drainage Division conducted field surveys during the dry season and made recommendations for drainage works nationwide.

Rambachan called for the equipment resources of the Regional Corporations and the various Ministries to be pooled to bring short-term relief.

He said the relevant Ministries should work with alacrity, adding that the situation demonstrates how under-resourced the Disaster Units and the Regional Corporations are which is further negatively affected by the cuts in allocations in this years’ budget.