As thousands of citizens in Central and South Trinidad woke this morning to find that their homes remain inundated with floodwaters, the Prime Minister and members of this Government are nowhere to be found.
This is the fourth-year citizens are facing the destruction of property and threats to their lives as they grapple with another flooding disaster. Many are still trying to get back on their feet after incurring losses in flooding in previous years.
UNC Members of Parliament and local government representatives, led by Leader of the Opposition Kamla Persad-Bissessar, have been on the ground in communities providing relief to affected citizens.
“I remind the Prime Minister that he is not Prime Minister of PNM constituencies alone – he is duty-bound to protect citizens and prevent disasters such as this from occurring,” the Opposition Leader said. “These people continue to suffer as a result of Keith Rowley’s incompetence and inability to govern.”
“I call on the Prime Minister to come down to these places – Barrackpore, Debe, Penal and witness the extent of this flooding crisis,” she said. “Don’t just come down when you want to beg for votes – come and help the people!”
Today, the UNC is working to ensure people get hot meals, water, and assistance with cleanup where possible.
This disaster has once again been ignored by the Keith Rowley regime. There was no mention of it at Thursday’s post-Cabinet press conference, a clear indication that the Cabinet did not even consider the plight of the people in these communities.
The UNC calls on the Government to do their jobs – take immediate steps to provide assistance to flood victims and implement a workable plan to address the problem of perennial flooding in the country.