Saturday 28 November, 2020

Penal family seeks help after roof blows off during freak storm

Photo via Penal/Debe councillor Shanty Boodram/Facebook.

Photo via Penal/Debe councillor Shanty Boodram/Facebook.

A Penal family who followed orders to stay at home met with misfortune after their roof blew off during heavy winds and rain on Sunday.

Reina Mahabir said she and her husband were at home at 102 Wilson Road, off Clarke Road, Penal, with their children during heavy showers and strong winds when the unthinkable happened. 

"All of a sudden we started to hear this cracking noise and the roof began to lift off. Me and my husband tried to move everything quickly but a lot of things still got wet. The stove, the groceries, the bed all got soaking wet and damaged."

She said the family spent Sunday night huddled under a small piece of the roof which had not flown off, and on Monday attempted to repair what they could. 

Mahabir, who said her husband was also out of work, said they are in need of groceries for her 10 children, who range from three years to 21 years of age. 

Penal/Debe Councillor Shanty Boodram shared photos of the home and says anyone who can provide food or assistance with roof repairs is urged to contact them on 274-2153.

According to an update from Barrackpore West Councillor Nicholas Kanhai, several homes were badly affected by strong winds and rain in the following areas: Panoo Trace, Digity Village, Laltoo Trace, Sanahie Branch Trace, Harewood Trace, Digity Trace & Mohess Road.

Kanhai said there were no casualties however many homes were damaged. 

He said the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation's Disaster Management Unit will provide assistance to those affected. 

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