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San Juan residents use sandbags for relief

Published: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Ashley Mungoo carries on with her chores at her flooded home on Chanka Trace, El Socorro, San Juan, yesterday. PICTURE ANISTO ALVES

Residents, along with workers from the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation, were up to late last night attempting to place sand bags at the Caroni River's bank at El Socorro, San Juan, in a bid to prevent more flood waters from entering the community.

Yesterday morning, following the heavy and continuous rainfall over the last few days, the river, which runs parallel to El Socorro South, broke its banks and flooded out several homes – some of which were under two feet of water.

A resident in the area blamed the malfunctioning of the only pump among three in the area.

“It have three pumps to pump out the water but for the longest while two pumps stop working and the third one working and stopping. Imagine the Ministry of Works Drainage Division have an office right here and they can’t do anything to have all pumps working.”

Sherwin Francois, who spent all morning emptying out his apartment and mopping up, said he was forced to send away his pregnant wife and two small children to a relative’s house.

“I can’t keep them here. Since Friday I ain’t go to work because it flooding. My bed soaked, rugs everything. I have to throw those things away now.”

Another resident at Chanka Trace, Ashley Mungroo, was moving out her clothes when the T&T Guardian arrived.

“My house inside under two feet of water…all my appliances and cupboards water-soaked and damaged. It real frustrating.”

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who toured the area yesterday morning, described what she saw as “distressing and disheartening.”

“I was saddened to see so many families struggling to come to terms with their losses. My team and I visited several areas, many of which are still inundated, and I was touched by the outpouring of love from these people, who, in spite of their hardship, continue to try to help their neighbours, friends and families,” Persad-Bissessar said.

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