A cheque presentation was held at the Lendore Village constituency office of Chaguanas East MP Stephen Cadiz.
In the brief ceremony, Self Help Commission chairman Surujdeo Mungroo, sought to dispel reports that the commission had been tardy in responding to calls for help saying its field officers had been to the area on both Friday and Saturday.
“On Saturday morning, we had four field officers visit the area and conduct assessments,” he said, adding, “I myself was also at the scene on Sunday and I want to thank all the affected residents for their patience.”
“Use whatever we give you wisely,” he advised the recipients.
Meanwhile, Cadiz, the Tourism Minister, who returned to Trinidad over the weekend after having attended a conference in Africa, said he was kept abreast of the disaster by his constituency offices.
He said the purchase orders should be used at local hardwares which would then issue whatever build materials were required. Cadiz also noted that field officers from the constituency office would also visit the community over the coming days to determine the labour which was required to effect the repairs.
Cunupia resident Elisa Ramsarran, whose house sustained major damage to its roof during the freak storm said both she and her daughter were still traumatised by the event.
“It is not easy because when my roof blew off everything in the house got soaked. This help is really good and I want to thank the Minister and the Self Help people for this grant,” Ramsarran said. Another resident, Lutchmie Chinaikin, was also full of praise for the grant saying this would go a long way in helping repair her home which also lost its roof.