Bamboo residents need clean-up assistance

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 01:15

Just over three weeks ago res­i­dents of Bam­boo set­tle­ment were dev­as­tat­ed for the third con­sec­u­tive year by flood­wa­ters when Trop­i­cal Storm Karen passed over the is­land.

How­ev­er, even though the wa­ters have long since re­ced­ed from their prop­er­ties, res­i­dents are fac­ing an­oth­er is­sue; their drains are still filled with slush—more than they can clean. This is why they are ap­peal­ing to pri­vate cit­i­zens to as­sist them with the re­quired ma­chin­ery to clean their drains.

Coun­cil­lor for Val­sayn/St Joseph Seema Ram­saran-Au­gus­tine, un­der whom Bam­boo num­bers two and three fall, ex­plained at the town hall meet­ing at the com­mu­ni­ty cen­tre at Bam­boo num­ber three last night, that there is “three feet of slush, some points two feet, some points four feet”.

For the past three days, a group of 20 men have been work­ing through­out Bam­boo num­bers one, two, and three to clear the sludge. Res­i­dents fear if the drains aren’t cleaned prompt­ly an­oth­er flood­ing in­ci­dent looms with any rains which may come from the coun­try’s on­go­ing rainy sea­son.

How­ev­er, Ram­saran-Au­gus­tine said there are sec­tions of the drains which can­not be cleaned man­u­al­ly. She reached out to of­fi­cials in the Tu­na­puna/Pi­ar­co Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion and was able to get a skid-steer loader (bob­cat as it’s col­lo­qui­al­ly re­ferred to).

MP for the area, Prakash Ra­mad­har al­so re­vealed that he was in­formed by the Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Rur­al De­vel­op­ment Kaz­im Ho­sein in­di­cat­ed that “some of the clean­ing works in the lo­calised drains will be­gin to­mor­row (Wednes­day)”. While he al­so reached out to the Min­is­ter of Works and Trans­port Ro­han Sinanan, Ra­mad­har said he is yet to get a re­sponse.

But Ram­saran-Au­gus­tine does not be­lieve these ef­forts would be enough to get the work done.

“I’m throw­ing a plea out there on be­half of Bam­boo res­i­dents, hop­ing that some good cit­i­zen —maybe those with equip­ment—may be able to as­sist us. We re­al­ly need to get a mi­ni-ex­ca­va­tor that would be able to as­sist with the bob­cat...if we get half an hour of rain, the vil­lage will flood,” she said.

The res­i­dents have come to­geth­er and cre­at­ed an ac­tion plan which MP Ra­mad­har said he would for­ward to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties such as the Min­istry of Works and Trans­port and the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Rur­al De­vel­op­ment.

This plan would in­clude rec­om­men­da­tions which they be­lieve would pre­vent the flood­ing in the area. It in­cludes mea­sures such as fix­ing pumps and flood gates as well as strength­en­ing the em­bank­ment along with the ma­jor wa­ter­cours­es flow­ing through the area.