Opposition Leader Describes Flooding Situation as ‘Disheartening’


Says Rowley Government ‘Virtually Abandoned the Citizens’

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Opposition leader Kamla Persad Bissessar has described the flooding in Trinidad and Tobago as “distressing and disheartening” and said she is disappointed by what she described as “the inaction of the irresponsible Rowley-led Govt, which has virtually abandoned citizens at this critical time.”

The former Prime Minister is calling on the government to act now to protect citizens affected by flooding and to let the country know what the Government intends to do prevent another disaster of this magnitude.

In a Facebook statement Mrs Persad-Bissessar states: “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.”

She says it was inspiring to hear and see how the people have come together in this time of crisis. “This is the spirit of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, and I applaud all citizens who have done what they can to help those in need. Let us continue to work together, to give some measure of hope and comfort to the victims of the flooding across Trinidad,” Persad-Bissessar said.

A flood victim receives relief supplies from a volunteer. (Kamla Persaud’s facebook image)

“I remain disappointed by the inaction of this irresponsible Rowley-led Government, which has virtually abandoned citizens at this critical time. The Prime Minister has given no indication or assurance that action would be taken to ease the plight of affected citizens.
“Our Members of Parliament, Councillors, Aldermen and concerned citizens have been giving yeoman service in bringing relief to flood victims, whether it is hot meals, water, and medical attention. Once again, I commend them for their efforts,” she says.

The people of Trinidad and Tobago, she states, have seen that “this Government, led by Keith Rowley, does not have a vision or a plan to effectively govern. He has abdicated his responsibility to the people of this country.”

She notes, “The Prime Minister has a duty to protect and to provide for every citizen of this country, and it is time that Rowley gets his act together and gets the job done. Once again, I call on the Prime Minister to let the people of this country know what the Government intends to do prevent another disaster such as that which we witnessed last week, and to take immediate steps to provide assistance to those affected.”