Sunday 25 October, 2020

Kamla slams Local Gov’t official’s call to ‘adapt to flooding’

File photo: Recent flooding in the Penal area.

File photo: Recent flooding in the Penal area.

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar is up in arms about a statement made by a local government representative that citizens must adapt to flooding. 

In a statement this morning, Persad Bissessar said that the government should blame themselves for the flooding situation in Trinidad and Tobago. 

“Rowley and the PNM have been in control of government since 2015 and as such, they have nothing and no one to blame but themselves for the unprecedented levels of flooding today,” she wrote. 

The United National Congress Political Leader also accused Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of ignoring please made my the citizenry to implement more steadfast flooding measures. 

“For years the Rowley government ignored the pleas of citizens across the country to put effective flood mitigation programmes in place. Just a few days we saw thousands of citizens across the country affected by widespread flooding, trying to get their homes and lives back to normal after suffering major losses,” she said. 

With a mere 10 days before the 2020/2021 Budget Presentation is made in the Parliament, Persad Bissessar is calling on the government to properly account for measures that will curtail flooding in Trinidad and Tobago. 

“With the upcoming budget, it is imperative and necessary that increased funding is allocated towards suitable flood mitigation exercises. The UNC continues to work towards flood reduction through the limited means at our disposal, but the Government must do more,” she said. 

Her statements come after Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Jerry David said that T&T has to learn to adapt. He was speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew about last week’s intense flooding in parts of East and South Trinidad. 

A weather event saw places not usually prone to flooding becoming quickly inundated by water. Damage to homes, vehicles and livestock were reported.

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