Of fam­i­lies af­fected by Lin­den storm climbs to 50

Stabroek News - - EDITORIAL -

re­quests for as­sis­tance are be­ing made.

This is the in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­cated to Stabroek News by Mayor Car­wyn Hol­land, who has since made a re­quest to the Govern­ment for fi­nan­cial sup­port to help ad­dress the needs of af­fected res­i­dents.

“We have many per­sons who have been af­fected by the storm on Tues­day… we have places like the Dor­folk El­derly Home that has been af­fected and we are work­ing to see how they can best rem­edy it,” he shared.

“We have recorded all the calls that per­sons made and they will be com­pil­ing it, and we are also work­ing with un­af­fected res­i­dents to ac­com­mo­date those who have been af­fected… As a mu­nic­i­pal­ity, we would like to be in­volved to help per­sons from our town­ship. We need a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with the RDC [Re­gional Demo­cratic Coun­cil] and MTC [Mayor and Town Coun­cil] to en­sure our peo­ple are taken care of and we need to see how best we can help them,” the Mayor fur­ther stated.

Ad­di­tion­ally, unan­swered calls made to the Civil De­fence Com­mis­sion (CDC) re­quest­ing as­sis­tance has prompted Hol­land to high­light the need for the es­tab­lish­ment of a Disas­ter Re­sponse Com­mit­tee for times like th­ese.

“We, in Lin­den, need a Disas­ter Re­sponse Com­mit­tee in place be­cause we need to pre­pare for things like th­ese, so that we can mo­bi­lize help to those who are af­fected when the need arises…the CDC has not been in con­tact with us. To­day I tried to get on to some per­sons but I didn’t get through with any,” the Mayor noted.

It was re­ported in yes­ter­day’s edi­tion of the Stabroek News that sev­eral houses and other build­ings, in­clud­ing the Chris­tian­burg/Wis­mar Mul­ti­lat­eral School and the Mackenzie Mar­ket had suf­fered da­m­age, af­ter a freak storm hit Lin­den on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion supplied on Tues­day by Hol­land, heavy winds and rain which be­gan just af­ter three o’clock on Tues­day af­ter­noon, lasted an hour and a half.

This, he said, seemed to have been a fol­low up to the rains and winds that had been ex­pe­ri­enced in the out­ly­ing ar­eas of the town for at least three hours dur­ing the wee hours of Tues­day morn­ing.

Hol­land also stated that though no re­ports of in­jured per­sons had been re­ceived, res­i­dents have been left trau­ma­tised. In terms of in­fras­truc­tural da­m­age, the Mayor noted that sev­eral build­ings suf­fered as a re­sult of the storm, in­clud­ing the mul­ti­lat­eral school, as well as, the mar­ket which suf­fered da­m­age to sec­tions of its roof.

Sev­eral houses were also dam­aged, in­clud­ing one that was par­tially wrecked, af­ter a nearby tree fell which was up­rooted dur­ing the storm, fell on it.

Re­gion Seven (Cuyu­niMazaruni) and sev­eral other parts of the coun­try have re­cently been rat­tled by vi­o­lent thun­der­storms. Res­i­dents have been left fear­ful in the af­ter­math of shat­tered houses and tornoff roofs.

In the wake of the storms, re­newed ques­tions have been raised about whether there is any in­for­ma­tion com­ing from the $550 mil­lion Doppler Radar which had been funded by the Euro­pean Union in 2009. The radar was meant to serve a va­ri­ety of pur­poses in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing some no­tice of the ap­proach of vi­o­lent weather.

Cana­dian High Com­mis­sioner, Pres­i­dency photo) Lil­ian Chat­ter­jee pre­sent­ing her Let­ters of Cre­dence to Pres­i­dent David Granger. (Min­istry of the

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