More than ten households are now cut off because of two landslips which developed along the Old Rio Claro/Mayaro Road, leaving residents and farmers in distress.
Since the land caved in two weeks ago, farmers have been walking to their fields and using wheelbarrows to bring out their produce.
Over 11 acres of agricultural lands are now inaccessible and farmers say they face the heartache of watching their crops rot in the fields.
Speaking to Guardian Media yesterday, farmer Anthony Moore said he had to make four trips in and out of his fields to get a supply of plantains for a customer.
“It was stress walking up and down. For every trip, I had to walk with the barrow, load it and bring it out. It took me almost two hours to get the produce out. We are frustrated and we want the Government to step in and assist us,” Moore said.
At the centre of one landslip, a telephone pole stood tilted, its lines reaching almost to the ground.
Residents said it was a hazard for those traversing the road.
With no vehicular access, the residents who live in the middle of the two landslips have to walk in and out of Ameena Moore Road to get out of the village.
“My nephew Junior Gordon is building his house and now everything is completely cut off. His house is partially built and he cannot finish it,” Moore said.
He added that his son Samuel Moore also started the foundation work for his home but since the collapse of the roadway, that entire project has stalled.
“I recently bought a property on the other side of the road. The value of the land depreciated and my sister Pamela Gordon has a house worth over $2 million. The entire back of it is gone,” Moore explained.
Asked what was causing the road to slip, Moore explained that a WASA line ruptured two years ago and began undermining the road.
Last week, WASA visited and ran a flexible line through the community in the area of the landslip, but Moore said there is still leakage in other parts of the old waterline.
Moore said residents were hoping to get six 12-inch cylinders so they could create temporary access.
Meanwhile, MP for Mayaro Rushton Paray said the Mayaro-Guaya Road is also in a disastrous state.
“I have written to the Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan. While the entire country is plagued with terrible roads, the artery between these two south-eastern communities stands out for its extremely ruinous state,” Paray said.
He added: “Potholes and depressions are giant-sized, to the point where commercial deliveries could cease, thus affecting retail operations in the affected districts. Taxi drivers are threatening to increase their fares because of the high cost of maintenance of their vehicles.”
Saying this would put additional pressure on residents, Paray said the terrible road condition would also deter emergency vehicles. He said he has since requested an urgent meeting with Minister Sinanan.
Recently, following a spate of protests, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said a Secondary Road and Rehabilitation Company will be set up to address deplorable roads. He said $100 million will be allocated to the company, which will fall under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.