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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Diego Corp pleads with Govt to clean main rivers
Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Darryl Smith says his corporation has sent food items to St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. In a media release yesterday, Smith said “a pick-up truck filled with water, rice, slippers and other products” were delivered to the “Is There Not A Cause Foundation” and arrangements have been made for the items to be shipped out the same day.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to our Caribbean neighbours in their time of need. To all the families who lost loved ones—please accept our condolences and we wish the islands a speedy recovery,” Smith said in the release. He noted the residents of Diego Martin were no strangers to flood woes.
“Over the past few years, Diego Martin has been plagued with severe flooding also leading to landslides, loss of life and properties as well as widespread damage to homes, businesses and vehicles. We are doing all in our power to ensure that the 500-plus small drains that are under our purview are cleaned, maintained and repaired during the small window of the upcoming dry season.
“We are also making new drains around the region to assist with the fast water run-off that occurs during rainfall. Drainage work is this council’s top priority,” Smith said. Smith said they were pleading with the Ministry of Works and the Ministry of Water and the Environment to clean and repair the main rivers, including the Diego Martin and Maraval rivers. “Most people do not know that the Diego Martin Regional Corporation is not in charge of the main water courses in the region.
“We have invited the Ministry of Water and the Environment to two of our co-ordinators’ meetings (November and December) and they have not attended. I have personally sent letters to Minister Ganga Singh about cleaning and maintenance of the main water courses with no reply. We have even sent our staff to meet with them at their office with no luck,” he said.
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