The United National Congress notes with deep concern the humanitarian crisis currently gripping our country. The flooding experienced across Trinidad over the last three days have made hundreds of citizens functionally homeless with limited access to essentials like food and clean drinking water. The aftermath of the flooding could also see a growing health crisis as persons have limited access to medication.
Our Political Leader, MPs, Councillors and Alderman have been out on the ground since the flooding began on Wednesday assessing the needs of those most affected. In meeting held on October 20th, the National Executive (NATEX) discussed how we can render assistance and get much needed help to the victims.
In the face of this disaster and the refusal of the Keith Rowley Government to act, we have witnessed the courage, generosity and resilience of the people of this country. We have received countless phone calls and messages from persons willing to send relief items and to volunteer their time and equipment. We have been asking that persons take relief items to the Regional Corporations and contact their Councillors to facilitate distribution.
In an effort to have a coordinated approach, NATEX took the decision to create a UNC Relief Team, to assist in the following areas:
To put those willing to donate food, clothing, water and other relief items in touch with the distribution points.
To coordinate the clean up activities- we have been offered the use of pressure washers and other clean up equipment and will be mobilizing to assist, in first instance, the most vulnerable persons who have been affected.
A mobile medical clinic will on the ground from Monday.
Distribution of medical supplies, particularly for those who lost their chronic disease medication in the flood, will commence from Monday.
All those wishing to donate, volunteer or otherwise assist can contact any of the following members:
Bheemul Ramlogan- 786-6366
Ravi Ratiram- 490-9395
Dr Rai Ragbir- 707-3342
Anita Haynes- 482-8472