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Tabaquite constituents get help to fix homes

EvangelineNINETY-YEAR-old Evangeline Ramrattan and eight other constituents of Tabaquite, whose roofs were blown off during a storm last week, were yesterday handed purchase orders valued $10,000 for building materials by their Member of Parliament Surujrattan Rambachan.

Rambachan, who is also Minster of Foreign Affairs and Communications, distributed the purchase orders, which were granted by the National Commission for Self-Help Ltd (NCSHL), at his constituency office at Gasparillo.

Ramrattan, of Caratal Road, Gasparillo, said she thanked God for the assistance she was receiving from the MP’s office to help her reconstruct her roof.

Ramrattan, a mother of eight, was alone in her wooden house when heavy winds wreaked havoc on hers and other houses in the area on Wednesday.

She said: “When that wind started to blow, I run and hide in the back room. The whole roof blow over, the place full up with water and the kitchen was soaking. I was frightened, I start to pray to God.”

She said she never experienced such an incident in the 70 years she lived there.

“I started to cry because I didn’t know how to fix it,” she said.

The MP’s office is making arrangements through the Unemployment Relief Programme to assist Ramrattan and other special cases in finding labourers to repair her house.

The others who received the purchase orders were Clyde Villaruel, Althea Hickson, Sudesh Bagaloo, Robert Benjamin, Dipchand Moonilal, Simon White, Denny Ragoobar and Beverly Culzac.

Rambachan thanked NCSHL chairman Surujdeo Mangaroo, whom he said had worked hard during the past few days.

The Tabaquite MP told his constituents: “We know that this cannot compensate you or do everything you need to do to get back to a state of normalcy, but we are also making some other attempts through the Ministry of the People and Ministry of Housing in order to see how much further we can provide assistance to you.”

Courtesy:  Susan Mohammed Trinidad Express
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