Corentyne home collapses during heavy winds
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Roopranie Latchminarine and her Romel
Richard stand in front of their house that fell to the ground on Wednesday morning amid heavy winds. (Nafeeza Yahya photo)
Roopranie Latchminarine and her Romel Richard stand in front of their house that fell to the ground on Wednesday morning amid heavy winds. (Nafeeza Yahya photo)

…mother of three pleads for assistance

Heavy winds accompanied by persistent rainfall on Wednesday morning in the East Berbice Corentyne area has left a family contemplating their losses after  single-flat, wooden house collapsed while they were inside.

Roopranie Latchminarine called “Sharda”,47  of Lot 68, Section ‘B’ Number 67 Village, East Berbice Corentyne is pleading for assistance to help her fix her home.

She recalled hearing the winds and within minutes, she felt her home shaking and then a loud crashing sound. She explained that her sixteen-year-old son Romel Richard, who will be sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams  from July 17, ran into her room and told her not move after the house fell.Her bed was broken and sunk into floor.No one was seriously injured.

“I feel the breeze blowing and meh deh pon the bed ah pray and then the house fall down,crack!bradam!Then meh son she nah move and he get up and go see everything on the  bruk up,” Latchminarine recounted.

The woman is a mother of three. She lost her husband thirteen year ago she said. She said she is sickly and she noted that she is worried since her only source of income is the funds she obtains from public assistance.

She noted that she has no means to raise funds  to fix her home and as such, she is hoping that persons can
assist her. She noted while all the pillars  that held the house up collapsed, most of the damages she suffered were inside of the house .The  walls fell apart and the entire flooring in her room was broken.

“ Meh son gotta write exam and a whole bruk up, inside damage bad and meh cant do anything,” the hapless woman said.

She added that Wednesday was the first “storm” she experienced in her community. Persons willing to offer assistance to the family call  the family on 602-4571.

 

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