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The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has delivered some assistance to families of Bare Root and Dazzell Housing Schemes, East Coast Demerara who have been severely affected by a windstorm.
On Monday exceptionally high winds wreaked havoc to houses in the schemes causing major dislocation to families and damages to properties. Roofs of several houses were completely or partially blown off; walls were damaged and homes completely destroyed. Debris was blown through the air as far as two villages away.
Following the incident, the CDC dispatched officers into the communities to conduct an assessment of the damages, to effectively provide relief.
Ministers Susan Rodrigues, Dr Frank Anthony, Joseph Hamilton and Civil Defence Commission, Director General, Colonel Hussain visited the community.
According to the government’s release, building materials, including zinc sheets, nails and hampers containing essential food items and cleaning supplies were distributed to the affected families.
Government ministers also committed to offering further support through their respective ministries and medical aid to those who suffered injuries during the incident.
The A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), in the visit Monday night after the storm, had pointed out that affected residents need assistance in recovering their homes and belongings. Families have lost beds, furniture, electrical equipment, and other household items, and suffer physical injuries.
Interim relief was provided to affected residents by public spirited citizens and the Opposition. Some residents were provided tarpaulins to cover damaged roofs and exposed items as others sought shelter in the homes of loved ones and benevolent neighbours.
A damaged home
The Opposition, in its statement, said the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Aubrey Norton and team intervened and got medical attention for the injured. Victims are also dealing with emotional trauma. This would necessitate another form of intervention such as counselling.
Minister of Labour, Mr. Joseph Hamilton, has committed that the Ministry of Labour will soon bring technical and vocational training to the two communities. According to him, the intention is not only to deliver relief to the residents, but implement measures so that the community can benefit from economic development.
Blown off roof
In opposition strongholds, the government has a history of promising and not immediately following up or delivery or only delivering after exposure by the people and media as recently seen in Buxton and other areas.