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Spraying begins in Oropouche after flood

Published: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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Dr Allen Sammy

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Lingering floodwaters have settled in parts of the Oropouche Basin and the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation has already started spraying to prevent an outbreak of any possible disease.

Chairman of the Corporation Dr Allen Sammy said there were pockets of water in the Basin which were yet to drain out.

“The floods were not as bad as they were last year but we are continuing our routine spraying to ensure that there is no spread of diseases,” Sammy said.

He explained that teams will be spraying along the M2 Ring Road and along the SS Erin Road, near Parvati Hindu College and Debe Hindu School.

“We will be spraying along Suchit Trace and Woodland on Friday and next week we will spray the Barrackpore areas,” Sammy said.

Because of the tidal flows and the drainage in the basin, it is customary for parts of the Oropouche Basin to experience flooding days after the rains subside.

Videsh Laldeo, who has been living on the M2 Ring Road for over 35 years, said behind his house was still flooded.

Laldeo said the construction of a private road near his home had cut off the water flow, leaving a lake of water behind his house.

“This is a health hazard. I am hoping the Ministry of Works or the Drainage Division could do something about this. I never had flooding like this before,” Laldeo said.

At Mussarap Trace in Barrackpore, there was flooding on the road up to midday. Roadside drains were filled to capacity. Some farmers along the M2 Ring Road also experienced crop loss. One farmer Sean Jeffrey said a field of his ochroes were inundated with water.

Calling on the Estate Management Business Development Corporation to clear the water courses, Jeffrey said, “This is the fourth crop that I lost for this year and there has been no compensation. Pumpkin, squash, and cucumber fields were also destroyed. The grass is about four feet and the tunnel is very small to accommodate the flow of water. The drains need to be cleaned,” Jeffrey said.

Last November, following floods there was an increase in the number of rat-borne disease leptospirosis cases in Woodland, Penal and Barrackpore.

At the time, Acting Chief Public Health Inspector Neil Rampersad flood waters might contain harmful bacteria that could lead to an outbreak of diseases such as Hepatitis A and leptospirosis. He called on the public to avoid eating foods contaminated by floods.

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