Following the recent flooding in several communities across the island, especially Central, Chaguanas West MP Dinesh Rambally is calling on government to ensure that urgent repairs are done at the Caroni River.
In a letter to the Minister Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan, Rural Development and Local Government Minister Faris Al-Rawi and chairman of the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation Kwasi Robinson, on Friday, Rambally asked that they see to fixing the eroded embankments at the river, to prevent potential disaster from the next flood.
He said “these entities have a duty to exercise due care when it desilts rivers and repairs embankments so that normal floodwaters do not inundate surrounding lands and damage homes and properties.”
Additionally, he stated it was the duty of the state agencies to properly maintain the necessary drains, river channels, sluice gates, flood-flaps and failure to do so is tantamount to negligence.
Rambally said residents of adjoining communities of Ibis Gardens, Caroni Village, La Paille Gardens and La Paille settlement face imminent threat of being flooded unless urgent action is taken to repair the river embankment in several areas which have collapsed or at the brink of failure.