RADHICA DE SILVA
Hours after high winds ripped off six roofs at Windsor Park, California, villagers pooled money together and bought tarpaulins as they worked to restore immediate shelter to the victims.
Up to midday, villagers said they had yet to see officials of the Disaster Management Unit from the Regional Corporation.
Among those affected was widow Shalisha Boodoo.
"My husband Banoo Ragoobar died 16 years ago, and my son Varoon has not been working since the pandemic, so we have no money to fix back this roof," Boodoo said.
While her neighbours hammered away to secure fallen sheets of galvanize as well as the tarpulin, Boodoo said, "Right now I am begging for some help to get material."
Describing the ordeal, Boodoo told Guardian Media:
"When the breeze start to blow I get frightened. I run out the house as the galvanize start to blow away."
Crumbled sheets of galvanize were scattered on the roadside and Boodoo said her neighbour Indar Parasram, who owns a minimart nearby, had promised some assistance.
Close by, Camilla Hugo was also in distress.
Her entire roof had blown away and landed in her neighbour's yard.
"It was a scary experience. I never experienced anything like this," Hugo said.
She said she was fortunate that there was little rain, so she and her neighbours were able to secure valuables.
"I packed a few things and stayed by my neighbour for the rest of the night," Hugo added.
Near the Phoenix Park Early Childhood Centre, another house was roofless, but the owner had several workers restoring the roof.
Guardian Media will bring you more as this story unfolds.