Schools and businesses remained closed and scores of people could not get to work as rising floodwaters, exacerbated by high tide, triggered massive flooding in 22 areas across South Trinidad yesterday.
Among the schools closed were Shiva Boys College, Debe Hindu School, Barrackpore East, and West Secondary and Ramai Trace Hindu School.
The floods covered most of Clarke Road, Penal Rock Road, Derrick Road, Lalbeharry Trace, Papourie Road, Lower Barrackpore, Hassanali Trace, Clarke Road, Katwaroo Trace, Digity Trace, Batchya, Laltoo Trace, Mohess Road, Ramdharry Trace, Ali Avenue and Community Street in Penal.
Late yesterday, Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein said the Disaster Management Units of the Corporation were activated and over 600 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, trained this year, were on standby to assist in their communities.
At Lalbeharry Trace, livestock farmer Nathaniel Mungal was once again counting his losses. All the produce in his market stall had washed away, along with four pigs and ducks and chickens.
“The yam gone, the dasheen gone. The doors gone, ducks and all the young goats in water, the hogs drowning. I bring up the cattle and now I come to see how much of the 100 plus ducks in that cage there. The common fowl in the water now. I don’t know how many of them will die,” he said.
Mungal said every time it rains and floods, he gets coverage in the media but not a single cent is given to him by the Ministry to get back on his feet.