Tuesday 28 January, 2020

Ramdial: Bleak Christmas for flood victims

Flashback: Flooding in Avocat, Fyzabad.

Flashback: Flooding in Avocat, Fyzabad.

As citizens across the country prepare to celebrate Christmas, hundreds of families will not be able to do the same as they are still awaiting compensation cheques following the devastating floods which occurred on October 19.

Couva North MP Ramona Ramdial said hundreds of families from the Kelly Village, St Helena,

Madras, San Juan, Sangre Grande are still awaiting their cheques.

In a statement on Sunday, the MP said it was unacceptable that the affected families have been given a “run-around” by the Ministry of Social Development despite several calls and visits to the Ministry.

“A myriad of excuses are being given such as they have no records, the verification process is still ongoing, delay because of fraud investigations and persons will be called when cheques are ready. This is unacceptable!”

The MP expressed concern that many of the residents in these communities affected by the October floods have not been able to rebuild and recover to a satisfactory level.

She said that she is in receipt of reports that families are still without beds, furniture and kitchen appliances, and many of those who are still awaiting these cheques fall into the lower income bracket and are unable to purchase necessities.

She accused Government ministers of being preoccupied with partying with prominent contractors while the people of this country continue to suffer due to their “incompetence and 'doh care' attitude”.

“It seems as though the Government has shut down for the rest of the year to the detriment of the small man in this country,” she said.

Ramdial made an appeal to the Prime Minister to find some compassion during the Yuletide season and instruct his relevant Ministers and Ministries to prioritise the processing of flood compensation cheques for the flood victims. 

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