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Is $35 million enough?

Published: 
Monday, October 30, 2017

It was nice to hear that Cabinet approved $35 million for flood victims. What is necessary also is fair distribution of these funds with preference given to the neediest throughout the entire country.

However, as I look at video footage of this massive flooding, with water still in homes, yards and surroundings of thousands of our citizens, I ask the question: is $35 million enough?

While I do understand our money worries this is only a drop in the bucket to deal with what has taken place. I cannot see this as an accurate assessment of the damage done nationwide.

What will happen is that many of our citizens, including pensioners, will have to start from scratch to rebuild once more. I am simply putting all cards on the table and believe me this will be more than a challenge when you take into consideration the cost of homes and material at this time.

While I appreciate the Government’s efforts to assist citizens I cannot see this amount really doing much if we were really to sit down and do a proper assessment of the damage. I do hope that this amount can be reviewed to see if increase is necessary as we go along in this restoration process.

Let us remember that these are families whose entire lives are in disarray and are crying out for help. Let us not fail them.

ARNOLD GOPEESINGH,
SAN JUAN

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